Lack of Heating Arrangements

Lack of Heating Arrangements
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In the developed world, during winter, almost all public places including shopping malls, offices, universities , shelters, and even modes of transport like buses are centrally heated. Such is the level of protection provided to people so much so that it would be unthinkable, nay , inconceivable to deprive places central to the health and even lives of people , such as hospitals , of heating. But, in Kashmir, it has been found that in many public hospitals, there is very little of intermittent heating arrangements in place. This is not only abominable but also disgusting. Absence of heating in and during winter, is not merely an inconvenience for the attendants of patients but can also endanger the lives of patients, especially those that are critically ill and vulnerable elderly patients. Poor supply of electricity and frequent shut downs cannot be the excuse for variable and intermittent heating arrangements in public hospitals. This is a constant in Kashmir that has to be dealt with and managed. The question is how? The answer is not rocket science. It is all about prudent and sagacious management wherein hospitals can and should be provided with non stop 24×7 heating arrangements. Yes, it can be expensive, in terms of incurring extra expenditures for generators or other forms of input to heating but lives are more precious than a few thousands of rupees. The hospital administrations must look at the issue from a humanitarian perspective and not just a financial and a budgetary one. It should also look at the extant structures in place for heating and rejigg these if they are not cost effective. In a world , where technological disruption is the norm and where new cost effective and effective technologies are available at the click of a mouse, hospital administrations must look at the various options available and opt for inexpensive heating technologies that do not have great operating costs. The initial investment might be a bit heavy but, in the long run, cost efficiencies will generate the requisite savings that will allow for an interrupted supply of heating to patients and their attendants. Life and death are in the hands of the Almighty but we, humans, must endeavour to make it easy for those that are critically ill in our hospitals. It is not just a moral obligation but a duty. It is then about time that hospital administrations given up their indifferent and even callous attitudes and radiate warmth, both literally and virtually , to those who need it the most.