Protests follow ‘braid chopping’ in Nowgam

Protests follow ‘braid chopping’ in Nowgam

Srinagar: Asmat Ayoub gestures as she looks at her mother, trying to hold back her emotions. She struggles to speak every time visitors ask about her well being. Moments later, her silence breaks into tears as her family narrates her ordeal. Asmat, 18, was sitting in her room at Charlipora locality of Nowgam when two […]

Too few nurses to attend to newborns at LD Hospital ICU

Too few nurses to attend to newborns at LD Hospital ICU

‘Critical duty assigned to nursing interns, students’ Srinagar: Hundreds of newborn babies are facing a life-threatening situation at Lal Ded (LD) Hospital due to acute shortage of nursing staff. Most of the babies kept in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have only trainee nurses to look after them during the day. In the […]

GMC bans entry of journalists in hospitals

GMC bans entry of journalists in hospitals

Srinagar: Four days after an altercation between a female journalist and a surgeon at SMHS Hospital, the administration of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar on Tuesday issued an order to ban entry of journalists in all associated hospitals. The order said that the presence of journalists in hospitals was “detrimental to patient care”. “In the […]

Unsafe, substandard food sold unabated in JK markets

Unsafe, substandard food sold unabated in JK markets

660 samples found substandard, unsafe in 1 yr; over 1100 prosecution launched since April 2016 SRINAGAR: The Food Safety Department officials have found hundreds of food outlets selling substandard and unhygienic in Jammu and Kashmir using carcinogenic substances as coloring and flavoring agents in popular food items. According to official figures, over 660 food items […]

Specialist doctors abandon SMHS Hospital for private clinics

Specialist doctors abandon SMHS Hospital for private clinics

Trainees, PGs forced to handle emergency cases during late hours, Sundays SRINAGAR: Patients rushed to emergency section of the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital here on Sundays face a life-threatening situation as specialist doctors abandon the hospital, leaving it to junior doctors to handle critical cases. Official Sources said that many doctors completely abandon their […]

95% of food outlets illegal in Srinagar ‘Of 30,000 units, only 2,000 registered’

95% of food outlets illegal in Srinagar ‘Of 30,000 units, only 2,000 registered’

Srinagar: Nearly 30,000 illegal food units are operating in Srinagar, putting the health of millions of people at risk, Food Safety Department officials revealed on Wednesday. Official sources told Kashmir Reader that these thousands of illegal food manufacturing and sale units are running without registration and license due to the paucity of staff and infrastructure […]

After 9 years of controversies, doctors’ association conducts election

After 9 years of controversies, doctors’ association conducts election

Srinagar: The first phase of trade union elections for Kashmir-based doctors has concluded with the appointment of over 200 Central Executive Council members, who will participate in the last phase of elections next month. The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) formed in 2002 has been marred by controversies since 2012 after its bifurcation. In May this […]

Nine injured in Tral attack rushed to srinagar recount horror

Nine injured in Tral attack rushed to srinagar recount horror

Doctors say injured carried ‘splinter injuries’ SRINAGAR: Nine injured persons were brought from Tral to SMHS Hospital on Thursday with what doctors describe as “splinter injuries”. The injured included a minor girl, a teenage boy, and an elderly man. Two of the injured, Mushtaq Ahmad and Shabir Ahmad, were referred to SKIMS Soura for specialised […]

6 suspended, inquiry ordered after patient given expired saline at SKIMS

6 suspended, inquiry ordered after patient given expired saline at SKIMS

Srinagar: Authorities at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, have ordered a high-level inquiry following complaints that patients were being given outdated Dextrose Normal Saline (DNS). Director SKIMS Dr AG Ahangar told Kashmir Reader that he had suspended all “officials responsible” and ordered an inquiry into the complaints lodged by a patient’s attendants […]

Women critical at LD hospital, family alleges negligence

Women critical at LD hospital, family alleges negligence

SRINAGAR: A 27-year-old patient from North Kashmir’s Baramulla district is battling for her life at Lal Ded hospital after she delivered a baby boy at the maternity facility on Monday. The boy died while the women is on a ventilator. Her family alleges medical negligence led to her critical condition while doctors claim that the […]