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Poru Kalnag, a village in Anantnag with over 1200 inhabitants has no health facility

Post by on Friday, August 5, 2022

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Anantnag, Aug 04: Located on a hillock with houses scattered across a vast scenic area, PoruKalnagvillage in the Kokernag area of Anantnag district comprises more than 500houses with over 1200 inhabitants living here.
The village is around 40kilometres far from the district headquarters and comprises a mixed population of Gujjars and Kashmiris. The village despite having such a large population has not even a single chemist shop or any health facility provided by the government. 
The villagers are supposed to walk six kilometres downhill and then drive up to eight kilometres for any minor or major medical help at the nearest sub-district hospital, a norm for all the people living here for more than a century now.
“It seems our village does not exist on the map of this country as we have been denied every basic facility, the most important among which is road connectivity and a health centre. In the event of any medical urgency, we are forced to hike down for almost six kilometres after which we reach the main road. From there on another task is to get a lift up to the sub-district hospital Kokernag which is located inKokernag town, some eight kilometres from the main road down this hill. There are multiple tales which we could narrate to make you understand how grave our situation is. The road up to our village was proposed under the PMGSY scheme but the project was never executed. Many people lost their lives on way to the hospital as the only means to ferry patients up to the road is on cots,” said Mohammad Ramzan Bhat, a local resident. 
During nights the task to ferry ill patients becomes riskier as the village is located on hilly terrain and surrounded by dense orchards and maize fields with wild beasts roaming in the area for prey.
“Our village is frequented by wild beasts including black and brown bears, leopards and foxes who always are on the hunt to kill. We have lost a considerable number of cattle in such wild animal attacks even during the daytime. If anyone in this village falls sick during the night hours we have to assemble people by making announcements from the mosque loudspeakers since it is not safe for few people to venture out in the darkness. We then move in large groups carrying torches and mashals(Woodentorchlight) along with the patient down the hill from where the small group heads to the hospital while we wait for their return at the foothill. This is how we have been doing all these decades, the condition for which there is no end in sight,” said another local, Tawseef Ahmed
 Many a time the patients do not make it up to the hospital and pass away on the way. There needs to be a proper health centre for this village and a motorable road needs to be constructed as early as possible. Despite living in the vicinity of a famous botanical garden, Kokernag, which is flocked by lakhs of tourists from across the country, we have been thrown into primitive times where there is no value of life. There have been instances when expecting ladies delivered babies in the middle of the path downhill, while many would lose babies instantly at the time of birth due to the non-availability of proper medical attention. We visited several administrative offices and apprised higher officials about our grievances but all fall on the deaf ears as no one is taking our plight seriously. We are being given only hollow assurances,” he further added.
The officials of the Roads and Building department were not available for comment. Chief medical officer Anantnag, Dr M Y Zagoo while acknowledging the problem said he will look into the matter.“We were never apprised of this problem faced by the habitants of PoruKalnag. They are basically attached with the PHC Wandevalgam but we will check if there is a feasibility for any health facility and find out a best possible solution for the locals,” said Dr M Y Zagoo.
 
 
 

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