Dearth of beds at Kashmir's lone pediatric hospital, GB Pant hospital here has severely affected patient care there.
In absence of adequate number of beds, patients are forced to share a single bed—posing risk of infection to them. "Due to dearth of beds, I had to keep my child on the bed of another patient," said an attendant Ghulam Muhammad.
"It is ironical that this lone children hospital does not even have basic facilities like beds for patients," he rued Tasleema, a mother of a newborn admitted in the hospital termed the situation in the hospital as "chaotic."
"Most of the patients in the casualty room share a single bed with at least two other patients. There is overcrowding in the wards," she said.
Another attendant, Saqib Ahmad said two children suffering from different ailments, have been admitted on a single bed. "It is matter of concern. The newborns have weak immune system and are prone to communicable diseases," he said.
Medical Superintendent GB Pant hospital, Dr Shafkat Khan downplayed the issue. "There is no dearth of beds in the hospital. Sharing a single bed is just an initial process to see whether the children needs to be admitted in the hospital or not. In case, we find the need of admitting the children, we shift them after carrying out certain important medical tests," Dr Shafqat said.
Pertinently, in 2012 more than 500 children died in the hospital. However, nothing seems to have changed in the hospital ever since the shocking revelations of recurring neonate deaths. Even as some changes were made at the helm, newborns continue to face risk of infection due to infection from various sources including unhygienic conditions.