Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee(JKDCC) which is an amalgam of various doctors associations, Sunday in a statement showed indignation against “undue interference by revenue officials in day to day hospital affairs”.
Dr M Y Tak Convenor JKDCC said in a statement that the J&K administration has “badly failed during this winter’s snow fall and got itself buried as the snow was not cleared from the roads, lanes and by-lanes for days together”.
It alleged the “adminstrative apathy caused a lot of difficulty for doctors, paramedics and patients to reach hospitals and consequently a disaster like situation was palpable.”
The statement quoted Dr Owais H Dar General Secretary Doctors Association Kashmir(DAK saying that Sub District Magistrate (SDM) Pattan Baramulla through electronic media advised people “to avoid travel on Srinagar- Baramulla highway, due to slippery conditions of road and consequent traffic mess, but at the same time visited the Trauma Hospital Pattan to check the attendance of medical staff”.
It said the staff could not be there on time as they had to travel through the same route which was unfortunately inaccessible.
As per Dr Arshid H Trag , Joint secretary DAK, SDM Pattan “instead of doing his assigned job to clear the roads and lanes and make them accessible for people , so that they can reach to their destinations, visited hospital to create a scene in order to hide his inefficiency and failure by passing the buck in seeking explanation from the medical staff for being late”.
He said the Highway is a jugular vein which connects whole north Kashmir with capital city and tertiary care health system adding a large number of patients had missed their regular dialysis and chemotherapy due to administrative failures , which has risked life of so many patients”.
Dr Masood Rashid , General Secretary Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD) said that notwithstanding the appreciable work by the doctors and paramedics in Kashmir during present Covid-19 pandemic by containing the mortality to the lowest in the country, “various revenue officials after finishing their dinner visit various health centres for photo sessions in order to remain in limelight on social media”.
Dr Imtiyaz Banday, President Jammu Kashmir Society of Dental Surgeons(JKSCD) said that the department of health has its own streamlined administration like Chief Medical Officer(CMO),Block Medical Officer (BMO) and Medical superintendent and during disasters a new duty roster is framed on war footing basis where night staff is asked to stay back in hospitals.
He urged the health administration to “show some spine, and teach them how hospitals are made to function round the clock”.
President Doctors Association Jammu(DAJ), Dr Balvindar said that “instead of taking care of basic administrative affairs pertaining to day to day life of poor people , they are busy with checking attendance of hospital staff in order to divert attention of common masses and hide their failures’ ‘.
He said it is “highly deplorable and disgusting that due to the incompetence of the civil administration, traffic is not playing on various roads of Kashmir and consequently it has taken a toll on a large number of cancer and dialysis patients”.
The JKDCC has also called for a two hour pen down strike on Monday from 10:AM to 12:00 PM barring emergency services across Jammu & Kashmir.