Kupwara: The massive catchment area comprising tens of thousands of people in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district depend primarily on this district hospital for the basic health facilities but the authorities continuously ignore it plunging the locals into plethora of miseries. The district hospital Srinagar is functioning with lone general physician and solitary gynecologist.
Block Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Fareed Khan told Kashmir Reader that the hospital is in a dilapidated condition and it was becoming difficult for the management to run it. “Without proper staff, we are not able to cope up with the patient rush. We have over 1500 OPD’s daily,” Dr Khan said.
Khan admitted that due to lack and death of specialised doctors, the patients arriving from the far-off areas are suffering immensely.
He said the hospital’s six wards are functional and the rest remain locked because they are not in a usable condition.
“Two patients on each bed is a routine here. Some patients can be seen even stretched on the floor,” says convener of local Civil Society Kupwara, Showkat Masoodi.
He said the patients have to wait for hours together to have consultation with a doctor. There is no washroom facility.
“Patients have to move to private clinics as there are not enough doctors available in the hospital. Everybody cannot afford to go to private clinics,” Masoodi said.
One of the doctors on duty told Kashmir Reader that the hospital lacks stock of life saving drugs. “We don’t have facilities to treat heart attack or blood pressure patients. Patients have to buy medicines from the market,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Kupwara, Dr Zakir Ahmad admitted that the district hospital is facing shortage of doctors and other facilities.
“Yes, we lack staff and other facilities but that is a problem with every hospital in Kashmir. There is proper vigil on hospital development funds and nobody can misuse it,” Ahmad said denying complaints of misappropriation of funds.