Ganderbal: A 40-year-old Gulzarine Khan is living in deplorable condition along with his two minor daughters, one son, an unmarried sister and old aged parents at a hilly area of Gutlibagh, Nai Basti in Ganderbal district.
Narrating his ordeal, Khan said that he was earning his livelihood as a daily wage labourer, when he got a nail inserted in his foot during work.
With the span of time the infection increased and to manage the expenses of treatment at various hospitals Khan sold off his cattle and small land holding.
Bed ridden from the past 5 to 6 years, the family lives on the mercy of others, who occasionally help the family out.
Khan said the doctors have suggested for immediate surgery, or other he could lose his leg.
“I don’t have any money to pay to cover my hospital expenses. So, I applied for a golden card,” he said.
Khan alleged that after receiving the health card, he went to the hospital for the operation but was categorically denied by the authorities to treat him on the basis of his health card.
“When I showed the hospital authorities my card, they laughed at me and said show this card to Modi (Prime Minister) he will give you money for your free treatment,” Khan said.
Having no excess to reach out to the administration or to any prominent NGO for help, Khan said he has no idea how to get operated without any money—(KNO)