By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A pill in time could have saved the life of an old city resident but the doctors attending him forgot the basic lesson to treat a heart patient. Worse, the hospital refused ambulance to escort the patient from Jawahir Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) Hospital, Rainawari to nearby Sri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital.
The relatives of a middle-aged person, Syed Nazir Kashani (55) of Srinagar’s Gojwara, said he could have been saved if the doctors attended to him professionally and the hospital provided the ambulance well in time.
They said Nazir complained of breathlessness and chest pain at his residence and he was immediately taken to JLNM hospital on Friday. “The doctors suggested conducting an Electrocardiogram (ECG), which was done immediately. The ECG showed something wrong with the heart functioning and the doctors told us to refer him to SMHS hospital,” Masoor Andrabi, who is patient’s brother-in-law, told Kashmir Reader.
“We looked for the ambulance in the hospital but we were told that there was no ambulance available. We immediately embarked on our private car and rushed towards SMHS hospital. However, as we reached the Zaina Kadal bridge, he breathed his last,” Andrabi said in a choked voice.
The deceased was the lone bread winner of a family of five including three teenage children.
The relatives, however, went to SMHS with a hope that the doctors would resuscitate him. However, it was too late for him. The family quoting SMHS doctors said that he could have been saved if the doctors at JLNM hospital gave him tablets like Aspirin or Thromobolyse before referral. “May be his life could have been saved,” Andrabi said.
“We demand exemplary punishment for the negligent doctors. The medical negligence often results into death of a patient,” the family said.
Dr Bashir Malik, Chief Medical Officer who is looking after the hospital in absence of the medical superintendent who has proceeded on medical leave, said that he was not aware of the incident.
“I am not aware about this incident. I will look into the matter and check the reason for not providing required medicine before referring the patient,” Malik said.
He said that during night hours, general medicine doctors are generally on duty but if a patient with heart ailment arrives at the hospital, an expert cardiologist must be called for consultation.