Baramulla, Jan 5: As the snowfall brought the routine life to a grinding halt across Kashmir, two pregnant women, in two separate incidents in north Kashmir, undergoing labour pain were carried on a cot to the hospitals.
One of the pregnant women delivered a baby midway in Bandipora.
A family from Pannar, a remote village of Bandipora district informed that they have to carry the pregnant women on a cot as the snow which accumulated on the road was not cleared by the administration.
“Accumulation of snow was the only reason no vehicle could ply on the road and the patient had to be taken to hospital on cot but before reaching the hospital, she delivered a baby in the midway,” the locals said.
“We had already contacted the hospital authorities in this regard but they did not do anything due to road closure,” they said.
Similarly, another incident reported from Hillan Phalipora area of Boniyar in Baramulla district where the family of the pregnant woman had to carry her on a cot while it was snowing on the way.
“Due to heavy snowfall and inclement weather, neither community health service vehicles nor civil transport could drive on snow-filled roads, “locals said, adding that they carried the patient on a cot for about five kilometers after they got a vehicle to take the patient to the hospital.
BMO Boniyar, Dr Parvaiz Masood said that the delivery date given to the patient was 9 January and she had no need to visit the hospital early.
“Her relatives had brought him a little early and we have kept her under medical observation in our hospital,” Masood said.
Meanwhile, officials said that the families should have contacted the control room numbers in advance so that vehicles could have been arranged for the patients.
The officials said it was snowing all day today and the roads were cleared from time to time but in some areas the road was not still favourable for traffic movement.
The air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remained affected for the second consecutive day due to inclement weather as intermittent snowfall was reported from most parts of the valley over the past 24 hours.