Lack of manpower, equipments in districts leading to referrals
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Oct 1: Shortage of manpower, infrastructure and blood banks in district and sub district hospitals is forcing medicos to refer trauma patients to city hospitals.
During past 3-months, most of injured particularly firearm injury cases were referred to SMHS, SKIMS and Bone and Joints hospitals from district hospitals, due to lack of facilities there.
In one such case 2-months ago three persons were wounded at stone throw distance from sub- district hospital Kralpora in Kupwara, but none of them was taken there, as there were no facilities available to treat them. “Not to talk of surgeries, this hospital doesn’t even have single surgeon or operation theatre,” medicos said.
During the past 4-months of unrest more than 60 per cent trauma patients from Sopur hospitals were referred to city hospital. “We don’t have facilities like CT Scan here. During these days, number of normal surgeries went down and surgeons were sitting idle as they couldn’t treat injured in absence of emergency (Trauma) management instruments,” hospital sources said.
The story of SDH Pampore is no different where from nearly two dozen injured were referred to city hospitals.
“Sometimes, it is very tough for us to deal with huge rush in turmoil. We received 52 injured patients on single day in Tangmarg hospital and how can single surgeon cope up with them,” medicos said.
Tall claims of the Health department about having enough blood banks in district hospitals proved to be a hoax. Many injured persons, according to medicos, died in various districts due to excessive blood loss. “Had district hospitals been equipped many lives could have been saved,” they added.
When contacted, director health services Kashmir Muhammad Amin Wani said, “We are fully equipped and there is nothing like dearth of facilities in district and sub district hospitals,” he said,
He said, that CT Scan facility would be installed in district hospitals shortly.
“This is the only shortcoming,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Oct 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Oct 2010 00:00:00 IST
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