Srinagar: Hundreds of patients admitted in hospitals of Srinagar had to face tough situation due to the absence of medical staff, lack of central heating and transport facilities.
According to attendants, all health institutions including tertiary care hospitals SKIMS Soura, SMHS, Lal Ded, GB Pant and CD Hospital here remained affected causing immense inconvenience to ailing people and their families.
In SMHS Hospital, people alleged that doctors and nursing staff were not present after 3 pm.
People were agitated against the non-availability of doctors and paramedical staff in the general wards.
“It’s a sheer negligence that doctors are leaving ailing people to fend for themselves,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, an attendant who accompanied his brother.
He said the wards were also without the heating system and “it’s difficult for everyone to bear the dipping temperature.”
People also faced hardships as the hospital premise was inundated due to faulty STP located in the Shireen Bagh which put people to a huge inconvenience.
At SKIMS Soura people faced hardships due to lack of public transport and ambulances to ferry patients, and in some cases, bodies.
“Only some auto rickshaws were present on the main road. Hospital authorities too refused to provide us the ambulance even after pleading before them,” Riyaz Ahmad of Ganderbal told Kashmir Reader.
He said that his father was discharged this morning but they were unable to go home as no vehicle could be arranged.
The family members had to wait amidst snowfall with the patient for many hours till one of their relatives suggested them to stay back till snowfall stops.
At LD Hospital, the absence of paramedical staff and doctors delayed many routine surgeries and discharge of around 10 patients.
Rafiq Muhammad of Bandipora alleged that his sister was supposed to be operated today but doctors told them to wait for some more days.
“Doctors told us that some employees couldn’t come due to snowfall. We have already spent four days here without any decision on surgery and finally when it was due, they cancelled it due to the absence of staff,” he said.
The city hospitals witnessed chaos as the attendants had occupied the corridors in absence of separate space for them.
The lack of central heating and water supply also worsened the situation in these health institutions since Friday.
Fahmeeda of Anantnag said the wards in the CD Hospital received inadequate water supply causing problems to the patients. The unhygienic condition in bathrooms and wards has aggravated the problems of patients.
“Such a situation makes people vulnerable to diseases and exposure,” she said.
The attendants, who accompanied patients to CD hospital, alleged that no doctor had visited wards during evening hours.
“Doctors disappeared from the wards after 2 pm. I had to carry my ailing father to casualty block when complained of severe pain in the chest,” alleged Irshad Ahmad of Kupwara.
People in most of the health institutions expressed satisfaction over the electricity supply. However, the heating system remained shut in every ward.
Medical Superintendents of SMHS, Dr Saleem Tak said: “The heating system will run after some hours as the repair work is going on it.”
Asked why water supply remains affected, he said that there was some repair work going on in the Government Medical College which had affected the pipeline.
“That is why there was some disruption in water supply. The premise was also inundated due to some work going on in the STP,” Dr Tak said.
Medical Superintendent LD hospital, Dr Shabir Sediqui said they had enough backup for power supply.
“The disruption in one of the main electricity supply line for some minutes doesn’t affect our functioning because we have a backup system in place that was running nonstop till the main supply was restored in the afternoon,” he said.
According to him, the hospital will start central heating system from November 15 and in critical areas, the temperature has been maintained using ACs.
Medical Superintendent, SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said: “Hospital functioned normally as we have put all our ambulance and other vehicles in action. However, we couldn’t provide ambulances to all. He said emergencies and OPD also functioned normally”