SRINAGAR: Failing to meet deadline of making four hi-tech Operational Theatres functional within 20 days, the hospital authorities at Lal Ded Hospital have linked the delay to the non-functioning of elevator.
The four OT’s were set-up in 2014 at new block of the hospital but are dysfunctional despite huge requirement at the hospital.
The LD is lone maternity hospital in Srinagar where according to the officials figures 60 surgeries are carried out per day with only six operation tables –three for round-the-clock general use, and one each for emergency, post-emergency and SOS–located in the old building of the hospital are functional.
The additional four OTs in the new block of the expansive hospital, set up for a whopping Rs 40 crore, were aimed at reducing the pressure on the existing OTs
The non-availability of facilities at the maternity hospital is taking a heavy toll on the patients who descend from every nook and corner of Kashmir and areas in the Chenab Valley. An unending rush of patients is always seen outside the labor rooms mainly due to absence of proper facilities.
“As this hospital receives huge influence of patients from rural areas as well as from Srinagar, they need to make these OT’s working,” said a doctor wishing anonymity as she is not authorized to speak with media.
“This is the main reason you will find huge crowd of the patients near the operation theaters which creates inconveniences to the patients as well as doctors,” she added.
Medical superintendent Dr Mushtaq Ahmad linked the dysfunctional OTs to the lack of lift facility to the hospital. “Our elevator of the new block has developed technical snag. It is not working. The OTs are ready to operationalise. Once the lift is set right, the OTs will be made functional,” he said.
“I assure you that within a couple of weeks the new operation theaters will be made working,” he said.