Despite promises, new operation theatres at LD hospital still defunct

Despite promises, new operation theatres at LD hospital still defunct
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Srinagar: Five months after the administration at Lal Ded maternity hospital said the four new operation theatres would be started within 20 days, no headway has been made so far.
Three years on, the theatres constructed in 2014 in the new block of the hospital remain non-functional.
Officials at the lone tertiary care maternity hospital, which caters to patients from across the valley, say almost 60 surgeries are carried out at the hospital every day.
It has six functional operation tables – three for round-the-clock general use, and one each for emergency, post-emergency and SOS, located in the old building.
The additional four OTs in the new block set up for a whopping Rs 40 crore were aimed at reducing the pressure on the existing OTs.
Medical Superintendent Lal Ded Hospital, Dr Nazir Malik told Kashmir Reader that the opening of new theaters would be delayed as the required equipment was yet to be procured by Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation.
“We are following the matter with the Corporation and hopefully the theaters will start soon,” he said.
The hospital remains overburdened due to huge rush of patients who descend from every nook and corner of Kashmir and areas in the Chenab Valley. The absence of adequate facilities takes a toll the patient care.
“As this hospital receives huge influx of patients they need to make these theatres working, besides adding more operational theaters,” a doctor, wishing anonymity as she is not authorized to speak to media, said.
“Sometime doctors have to do laparoscopy- advanced surgery, the process takes three to four hours; or cold surgery, and these cause delay in other surgeries,” she said.

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