Revealing that her parents also wanted her to be a doctor, Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said that she was upset over the death of a stone pelter in Shopian district. “I do not know what to say,” she said after laying foundation stone of a 106-bed boys hostel in Government Medical College here. “I am slightly upset because while leaving for this place, my secretary told me that yet again a boy who had been pelting stone has died,” she added.
Sayar Ahmad Sheikh was killed on Saturday when paramilitary personnel fired teargas shells to disperse a stone pelting mob at Tukroo in Shopian district on Saturday morning. One of the shell hit Sheikh in the head.
Appreciating the Health department for doing a “remarkable job” in testing times in Kashmir, she acknowledged the commitment and dedication of medical and healthcare fraternity towards the society. “The manner in which medics and paramedics rose to the occasion during the recent crisis in Kashmir and attended to their duties is commendable,” she said.
“The doctors did not even care about going back to their homes for days together and ensured that proper medical care is given to the patients, the Chief Minister said, adding that this “calls high on their professionalism and reposes faith in this noble profession”.
Pointing out that medical education has been aptly termed as noblest of professions and that the field of medicine demands a blend of professional training with ethical values and human attributes, she said that “we have to work towards universal, affordable and quality healthcare for every single soul in the state”.
“My parents also wanted me to be a doctor,” Mehbooba Mufti said. “I always desired to be a part of this noble profession, but could not,” she added in her brief address.