Gulmit, April 1: Death won the 36 hours long painful battle as a mother lost her new born child due to unavailability of medical care facilities in Gojal valley.
According to details a woman from Passu was brought to the health center of Aga Khan Health Services established in Gulmit Gojal the other day for delivering a child. The nurses present at the center could not handle the case because of complexities developed during the delivery process. Nurses managing the center referred the patient to more equipped centers in Aliabad – Hunza and Gilgit but due to unavailability of transportation, as the boats don’t operate at night time, she could not be moved out of the land locked Gojal valley.
After waiting in pain and grief for the entire night she was taken on a private boat to Aliabad in miserable condition and from there she was shifted to Gilgit for treatment where she delivered the child. The new born child died after a very short span of time while condition of the mother is reported to be out of danger.
Locals informed this scribe that till yesterday afternoon there was no doctor at the Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Gulmit. Towards yesterday evening, however, Dr Shahid of the health department reached Gulmit on a boat, carrying two packs of medicine, mostly pain killers. Dr. Shahid told Pamir Times that he has been deputed in Gulmit for a period of ten days.
It is ironic that during the governor’s visit of Hunza a couple of weeks back a team of three doctors had been sent to Gulmit but the team left soon after the governor’s tour was over.
Emotions are flared up throughout the valley because despite of declaring Gojal as a calamity hit region no steps have been taken to reduce sufferings of the people. It is also pertinent to note that notification of the calamity hit status has yet not been issued by the government despite of an announcement made by the defunct governor.