SRINAGAR: At Kashmir Valley’s only specialised orthopedic facility, Bone and Joints Hospital (B&J Hospital), at Barzulla here, the patients have to purchase almost everything from cotton to bandage to plaster clips from the market.
Patients and attendants who spoke with Kashmir Reader said they were made to purchase all items required for a cast at the hospital, which receives dozens of trauma cases from across the Valley every day.
“My mother had suffered a fracture in her foot. I took her to the hospital where we were made to buy the bandages and cotton first. I felt disappointed, because I wouldn’t have to go through the hassle if I took her elsewhere for treatment,” Zahid Ahmad, an attendant, said.
“I could afford to buy the things from outside, but what about the poor patients who come here from far flung areas of the Valley?” he asked.
The medical superintendent concerned, Dr Abdul Rasheed, admitted that plates, nails, and joints that were earlier provided to patients free of cost needed to be purchased from the market. “It is a government policy and we are helpless. But we have purchased these things in bulk and kept them available to patients at subsidised rates,” he said.
About the other stuff such as cotton roles and bandages, he said: “The supplier did not deliver the stock because of some confusion. We gave orders for it a number of times. To tackle the crisis for now, I locally purchased the cotton and bandage worth Rs 10, 000.”
“Plaster of Paris (POP) is available for free to all patients in OPD, but they have to pay for it.”