SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum(JKCSF) has urged authorities to bifurcate the two vital Srinagar hospitals SKIMS and SMHS each for treatment of Non-COVID and COVID patients and to spare hotels as COVID centres.
In a statement issued here Chairman JKCSF Abdul Qayoom Wani said that JKCSF is concerned over the alarming grim situation of Jammu and Kashmir amid prevailing second dangerous waves and the unsatisfactory measures taken by the govt and other stakeholders.
“Cancelling or postponing the treatment procedures of acute non COVID patients like cancer, cardiology, renal and other emergency surgical needs would amount to more casualties than the COVID itself as we experienced last year when patients even the pregnant women died pathetically without any medical attention. Now as we are back in the trouble, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and in hospital admissions too one fails to understand why govt is repeating the same failed experiments,” said JKCSF Chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani
Wani said, JKCSF urges the government vehemently not to let non COVID patients die pathetically on roads and inside homes when the state of art two big hospitals are designated as COVID hospitals and other critical patients are made to rot in small infrastructure scarce hospitals.
JKCSF has raised finger on the preparedness and accountability of the state administration on the account that when factually the things were evident that a severe second wave of Pandemic was to come at anytime why the administration remained negligent in deep slumber despite having received requisite funds for the cause from central govt as well as from other quarters including the one day salary from employees of JandK.
JKCSF demanded a probe into the negligence that has landed the whole society now into a mental trauma besides the physical ailments of thousands of unattended patients.
Referring to the caution raised by Doctors Association Kashmir published in press, JKCSF envisaged upon the authorities to take it as a calling attention move and to devise the future policy accordingly without any delay to save the lives of the people.
JKCSF endorses the recommendations made by DAK and appeals the Private Hospital Sector and hoteliers to come forward to meet the challenges of calamity.