Shopian hospital begins operations in incomplete building

Shopian hospital begins operations in incomplete building
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Experts question building design, JKPCC says full construction has all facilities

SHOPIAN: While experts question the building design of newly constructed Shopian hospital – terming the absence of a ramp in the building a major shortcoming – the JKPCC claims that such a facility will be a part of the second stage of constructions.
A district administration official called the Jammu Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) Limited “an intuitive design” which may fail “to evacuate patients in case of an emergency”. However, the executive engineer JKPCC, Ghulam Hussain Dar, told Kashmir Reader that the “design of new hospital building was provided by directorate of health Kashmir and ramp will be built between the present building and a new building to be constructed later”. Dar said that the ramp will be built “as is prescribed on the drawing from directorate health”.
A week ago, two out of four floors of the new hospital building were made operative while the washrooms were yet to be made functional. Patients, especially women complained about the lack of these facilities.
They also complained that the new hospital didn’t provide specialised care.
Mohsin Mansoor, who accompanied his ailing mother questioned government’s sense in determining the needs of the hospital. “We are demanding district level hospital for years, but we feel the government is neglectful of the needs of people of Shopian,” he said. Irshad Ahmad, a Shopian resident told Kashmir Reader that they go to private clinics and Srinagar based hospitals for specialised consultation and diagnostic tets. “Shopian hospital lacks modern day facilities,” he said.
Medical Superintendent of Shopian hospital, Nazir Ahmad, admits that they don’t have specialists in ENT, orthopaedics, radiologists, paediatricians, and ophthalmologists and lack equipment like CT scan, MRI. An eye surgeon, he said, was transferred from the hospital and no replacement had been made yet.
“Dermatologist of said hospital was on night duty and that is the reason he was not available during day time,” he said.
JKPCC, however, claims that washrooms in the two floors handed over to hospital authorities were complete. “We have made provision of water too. It might have been closed by the hospital authorities,” executive engineer Dar said. “Only Rs 14 corer has been released out of Rs 23.5 corer for the hospital, delay of funds resulted in slow pace of work in the hospital,” he said.




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