ANANTNAG: Establishment of an emergency hospital on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Qazigund has failed to serve its purpose as emergency patients brought to the hospital continue to be referred to district hospital Anantnag or Srinagar hospitals.
Constructed at a cost of Rs 13 crore the hospital was inaugurated by former chief minister Omar Abdullah in 2010. The establishment of the hospital was aimed at providing immediate treatment to people who suffer injuries in accidents along the national highway.
However, locals and insiders say the hospital has failed to serve the purpose it was established for as it continues to be devoid of facilities required to handle emergency cases. “Due to the absence of facilities, trauma cases brought to the hospital are simply being referred to Srinagar or district hospital Anantnag,” said an insider. The hospital is without a blood bank, with the result that most of the badly injured people taken to the hospital die on the way to Srinagar due to blood loss.
“Seven years after being established, the authorities have failed to set up a blood bank here. One wonders what is the fun of spending crores of rupees on the construction of the facility and naming it as ‘emergency trauma hospital’ when it cannot save trauma patients,” said an insider.
The hospital is also without an MRI facility, forcing the doctors to refer every single trauma case.
There is also no endoscopy facility.
Though USG facility is available in the hospital but the same is done only once a week, forcing patients to move to private diagnostic centers for the test on all other days. Though the hospital registers six to seven thousand patients in OPD every month but only two doctors remain available in the OPD each day. “The operation theater of the trauma hospital has to be functional round the clock, but ironically here the theater remains open for three days a week and that too upto 4 pm only,” said an insider adding, “it is a joke in the name of a trauma hospital.”
Medical superintendent of the hospital, Mir Ji Indrabi admitted the hospital lacks facilities and staff that a trauma hosoital is supposed to have. “We have written to the higher ups for the establishment of the blood bank but nothing has been done so far,” he said.
Asked about the theater remaining shut after 4pm, he said,”The hospital is facing a staff crunch but it is upto the government to increase the staff strength of the hospital so that it functions smoothly.”