South Kashmir hospital without air conditioners; patients suffer

ANANTNAG: The air conditioners in the sensitive wards of maternity and childcare hospital​ (​MCH​),​ Anantnag, have turned defunct, adding to agonies of the patients who visit the hospital for postoperative care.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that ACs in two labor and two surgical wards of this south Kashmir hospital stopped functioning few months ago and were not repaired ever since.
“Soon after being installed in the hospital wards, the ACs developed some snag and stopped working. Some months ago, they again stopped working and the hospital authorities are making no effort to have them repaired,” sources in the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
Contrary to situation in the wards, the sources said, the consultants’ chamber of pediatric operation theatre has the ACs working properly.
The doctors working in the hospital admit that the patients have to be in “unbearable conditions” due to the situation.
“The space crunch and huge rush in the wards always causes suffocation to patients. The authorities, in order to prevent them from sweating and infections, should have set all the air conditioners right without any delay,” a doctor said, pleading anonymity.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Anantnag, Dr Fazil Ali Kochak, admitted that ACs in the patient wards have not been working.
“The damage caused to the ACs is such that they could not be repaired. So there is no option but to install new ones. The Deputy Commissioner has assured to release funds for the purchase of new ACs, which will be installed in next few days,” the CMO told Kashmir Reader.