Srinagar: Hundreds of patients were left waiting for doctors at Ayurveda Yoga and Naturopathy Unani Siddha and Homeopathic (AYUSH) unit in Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JLNM )hospital, Rainawari, as the medics were engaged in preparations for reception of a minister.
Hordes of patients arrived at the hospital throughout the day, many of them on the advance appointments, but the doctors did not turn up. A few interns struggled hard to attend to the rush of patients.
A lady patient accompanied by her daughter told Kashmir Reader that she went through a steaming session conducted by an intern but could not consult the senior doctor for checkup. “I was expecting an appointment but there was no senior doctor available,” she said. “The pain has left me restless,” she complained.
Another patient complained that abandoning hospital was a routine for doctors at the Ayurvedic unit of the hospital. “This is not for the first time patients are suffering. It has is almost a routine,” he said.
An official told Kashmir Reader that the doctors had gone to Shalteng area to attend a meeting. “The meeting is in connection with the upcoming visit of a minister to the health facility,” he said on condition of anonymity.
The AYUSH branch has been set up to help the patients seeking traditional healthcare in the region. The unit boasts general medicine, gynecology (unani), regimental therapy, takmeed, massage cupping, slide cupping, nasiya, nadi sweda , Al-hijama bil shurut and Al-hijama bila shurut besides other areas of medicine.
The records say that a large number of patients has taken medical consultation from the hospital ranging between 1100 to 1500 patients every month since January this year.
Secretary health and medical education Dr Abdul Kabir Dar told Kashmir Reader that the AYUSH facilities were being run by doctors working on contracts. “WE don’t have permanent staff for AYUSH but we rotate doctors so that patients won’t suffer. I am surprised to hear that there was no doctor present in the hospital. I will look into the matter and take appropriate action,” he said.