Srinagar: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said on Tuesday that hospitals in Kashmir lack the capacity to handle a large number of patients.
President of DAK, Dr Nisar ul Hassan, said in a statement that hospitals in Kashmir are unable to tackle large patient load as they lack treatment and surgical capacity.
They lack infrastructure, space, supplies and staff to manage sudden influx of an unexpected inflow of patients during a disaster, the statement said.
SMHS, which is the main referral hospital for trauma patients, does not have the physical and technical capacity to handle mass casualty events, the DAK said.
SMHS has just three operating tables for emergency patients with which it struggles to care for patients even on a normal day. There is no designated disaster ward and no concept of reserved staff in case of large-scale disasters. Due to lack of quarters, most of the staff does not reside within hospital premises, limiting the ability to gather them in case of emergency, the DAK said.
None of the hospitals has a disaster management plan and there is no formal training in disaster medicine to staff.
Lack of pre-hospital care is responsible for preventable deaths, the DAK said. Most of the injured die due to delay in transportation to hospitals.