Second round of fumigation in hospitals begins

Srinagar: The busiest tertiary healthcare institution in the Valley, the SMHS Hospital, was on Friday fumigated for the second time by Srinagar Municipal Corporation since floodwaters inundated it last September.
Commissioner SMC Tufail Matoo, who took over the charge this week, said not only hospitals but both private and government schools, which opened after floods, too will be fumigated.
The SMHS Hospital had been fumigated and cleared of dirt by the SMC immediately after the floodwater receded last year. The corporation had also cleared roads of thousands of tons of waste in the post flood cleaning operation, earning it appreciation from the people.
“We will ensure the hospitals are properly sanitised through general fumigation. We fumigated two wards of the SMHS Hospital. It will take at least a week to fumigate the entire hospital,” Mattoo said.
He said the fumigation would be carried out in a manner that patient care would not get affected.
“The patient rush remains low on weekends and we have decided to fumigate the general wards on the weekend. Once the SMHS is fully fumigated, we will undertake fumigation in other hospitals as well,” he added.
Recently, minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports Imran Raza Ansari had asked the SMC to undertake second round of fumigation in schools and hospitals.