SRINAGAR: The continued curfew for past two weeks has drastically affected normal life leading to humanitarian crisis. The observers termed the continued curfew as collective punishment to the people. The stringent curfew has forced the Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), the international humanitarian organisation, to stop its mental health services in the occupied territory. Pertinently, in the past three months, the curfew was unofficially relaxed in the evenings, night and mornings. However, after Eid the authorities clamped round-the-clock curfew. All the curfew passes were canceled and the troopers and cops confined the people including doctors and journalists to their homes.
With no letup in curfew, people are facing acute shortage of food and medicines. The most affected are newborn babies and expecting mothers. The troopers and cops, while enforcing the curfew, hamper the movement of ambulances and vehicles carrying medical emergencies. This has led to a chaotic situation complicating problems of the patients.
Due to the continued curfew, the shortage of medicines in hospitals has left the health sector in acute distress. The patients are facing a threat to their lives, as they do not have access to the medicines. Majority of medicines including life saving drugs are out of stock in the hospitals. All routine surgeries carried out in the hospital have been suspended. The health-care sector has turned almost defunct as doctors and paramedics are not allowed to reach the hospitals and the ambulances have come under frequent attacks from the occupation forces. NNI