by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, Feb 19: The people in Gojal are facing severe health problems due to lack of facilities at the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Gulmit and other basic health units in the scattered valley.
Gojal, the largest tehsil of Hunza-Nagar district, has been cut off from rest of the region due to blockade of the Karakoram Highway by the devastating landslide of Atabad on Jan 4.
The health department has deputed some doctors but the hospital still lacks basic equipments like x-ray machine.
There is no surgeon and gynaecologist at the main hospital. The people demanded of the Gilgit-Baltistan government to establish an emergency operation unit as ordered by the governor of the region, Qamar Zaman Kaira, during his visit last month.
Locals told Dawn that dispensaries and first aid centres in the far-flung valleys were also lacking basic equipments and medicines. They demanded of the health department to equip the health units with basic facilities.
“Syed Ahmed Jan, the driver of a jeep, which met accident last week in Chipurson, is now in critical condition due to lack of proper treatment in Gojal,” said Sarfraz Khan, a social activist from Chipurson. He said the seven injured people were shifted to Aliabd on Friday through a boat due to lack of x-ray machine at the hospital in Gulmit.
Karamat Shah, a volunteer working to facilitate patients coming from Gojal, said that the boat service was not suitable for patients and women.
“The helpless patients are waiting in freezing weather to avail the boat service,” he added. DAWN