PANAJI: The sick and elderly trying to reach hospitals in and around the state capital were left stranded on the road for hours over weekend with some choosing to cancel appointments. Others have decided not to opt for medical facilities across the if they can help it.

Lillian Fereira from Vaddem was forced to cancel her mother’s appointment with a specialist in Panaji and return home after she found that traffic had come to a standstill at . “We waited for an hour but traffic just wasn’t moving. My mother who was already sick began feeling suffocated and uneasy. The pollution only added to the problem. So we had to cancel the trip. Since Panaji is difficult to reach we have dropped the idea of going to the specialist there. We will go to a doctor in Vasco itself,” Fereira told TOI.

The same evening V Fernandes was stuck in traffic for two hours along a 300m stretch at while trying to admit his 86-yearold father at a private hospital in Dona Paula. “My father began getting anxious as he had an operation scheduled for the next morning. We reached the hospital after three hours and pre-operation procedures began late,” Fernandes said.

‘Poor administration and coordination caused snarls’

The , he says, was avoidable.

“It was a result of poor coordination and administration. There should be a meeting called between PWD, the bridge contractors and traffic police to ensure minimum hindrance is caused to the public. They must foresee such situations and make alternative arrangements,” he said.

He added, “The traffic was just floating and motorists were left to their own devices”.

After wasting half of Monday trying to get to her work place in Panaji, physiotherapist Anisha Colaco was able to make just one home-based visit at .

“I had to cancel my second session at Chimbel with a child who has multiple disabilities,” she told TOI, adding that she spent another two hours getting back to after work.

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