Communication blockade affects patients care in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the continued communication blockade and other restrictions by the Indian government have also affected patients.

The territory is witnessing an increasing number of fatal heart attacks as patients are denied medical attention, for want of phone lines, a doctor posted at a main hospital in Srinagar, told Delhi-based ‘Outlook’ magazine.

He said, “In August and September, we have seen a rise in heart attack cases. We are getting eight to 10 patients every day, which is unprecedented.”

The journal quoted doctors who said in the absence of communication facilities, they have no idea how many people might have died in their homes, due to lack of emergency medical care.

India blocked communication in occupied Kashmir by snapping telephone and internet lines and imposed severe restrictions on August 5 when it scrapped special status of the territory Kashmir.

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