SRINAGAR: Hundreds of patients coming to Government Gousia Hospital, Khanyar, face a threat to life and limb in the absence of a functional ramp for easy access to the hospital’s emergency ward and operating theatre. In such a situation, critical patients are either carried in on stretchers on their attendants’ shoulders.
The hospital operates in the second and third storey of a building which houses a shopping complex on the ground floor.
According to doctors, pregnant women, people with osteoarthitis, post-operative patients and those diagnosed with heart and chest ailments are the worst sufferers due to the lack of lift and ramp services.
“Attendants are forced to shift the patients on their shoulders or on stretchers while climbing the stairs. In case of emergency referrals to other hospitals, patients usually suffer trauma while the attendants face huge inconvenience,” said a senior doctor wishing anonymity. He said the administration had been delaying the construction of the necessary infrastructure despite several requests by the doctors and locals.
In 2016, the construction of a ramp was approved after several pleas. But, due to mismanagement, the ramp couldn’t be made functional, the doctor said.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the ramp, which was constructed by the R&B Department, couldn’t be made functional due to faulty work and lack of supervision by the former Medical Superintendent (MS), Dr Nishat Shaheen.
They said the R&B Department executed the project in two to three months in 2016. However, the ramp has so steep a slope that it is non-functional because no wheelchair or stretcher can be carried on it.
Official documents reveal that despite the flawed construction, nearly Rs 5 lakh were released to the R&B Department for the ramp, on the former MS’ recommendations.
“The funds were released by District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, in favour of Executive Engineer R&B Department for constructing the ‘faulty ramp’ after No Objection Certificate (NOC) was provided to it by Dr Shaheen,” an official privy to the matter told Kashmir Reader.
The present Medical Superintendent, Dr Khurshid Wani, admitted that faulty work had been carried out on the ramp by the R&B department.
“The money was released during the tenure of the last medical superintendent. I am now pursuing it with the R&B Department as they have asked for more money,” he said.
The MS assured that the ramp will be renovated to make it fully functional.
“We have written to the R&B department about the defects in the ramp. I hope they repair it soon,” he said.
Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif told Kashmir Reader that he will inquire into the matter.
“I don’t have specific details about the project. I will look into it and get back to you,” he said.