SRINAGAR: As the night temperatures are dipping in valley, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has stressed upon early starting of heating systems in hospitals.
DAK president Dr Suhail Naik in a meeting chaired by him said, “With mercury dipping in the valley, patients and attendants are facing huge inconvenience as the wards literally freeze during nights. Furthermore, with freezing night temperatures, it is difficult for doctors and paramedics to work efficiently and it can derail the patient care.”
In a statement, Naik said the extreme cold might further aggravate the condition of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) patients. He urged to start the heating system in all the health institutions across the valley.
It was further deliberated upon in the meeting that the cold stress can prove fatal for newborn babies and can cause hypothermia in them in the immediate post natal period.
The meeting was also attended by DAK’s senior vice president Dr Mir Waseem, general secretary Dr Owais H Dar, chief spokesperson Dr Irshad Muntazir, media & publicity secretary, Dr Masood ul Hassan and other office bearers.
DAK appealed the health minister Bali Bhagat to issue directions to authorities for early start of heating system in the hospitals so that patient care does not suffer.