Srinagar: Congress today demanded that the Kashmir’s private hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies should be allowed to accept old currency so that people could get treatment.
Congress leader Salman Nizami said that Kashmiris were already suffering from last four months, due to curfew & restrictions and the demonetisation of currency have increased the suffering as people are not getting medical treatment in hospitals due to shortage of money. He said that people are facing problem in purchasing medicines from pharmacies.
Nizami said there are reports from SKIMS, SMHS where hundreds of pellet victims are being treated and specially Lal Ded maternity hospital where patients from far off places come for treatment of pregnancy related complications; they are facing problems in buying the medicines as the hospital has stopped providing free medicines under the Janani Shishu Shuraksha Karyakaram (JSSYK) scheme.
“I would request the government to allow and pharmacies to accept old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 or either provide free medicines to the patients,” he said.
Nizami further said, people are also facing problem due to internet ban, the ban on mobile internet has not only inflicted losses to business community, but it has also badly hit the patients, and students. There is no cash in the ATMs, people are not able to pay bills or submit online forms due to the ban on internet, as a result the majority of the people are suffering.
He said the ban on internet has caused much inconvenience to common people, he urged upon both Centre and State Govt to lift the internet ban enabling the people especially patients and students, as that will restore the confidence among the people.