Patients suffer due to absence of heating arrangements in Kashmir hospitals: DAK

A doctors' body in Kashmir on Monday called upon the hospital administration to operationalise the heating systems in hospitals as the patients were suffering due to chill.
Patients suffer due to absence of heating arrangements in Kashmir hospitals: DAK
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A doctors' body in Kashmir on Monday called upon the hospital administration to operationalise the heating systems in hospitals as the patients were suffering due to chill.

President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said patients were shivering with cold as heating systems of hospitals are not yet operational.

"The heating systems at SMHS, Chest-Disease, Lal Ded, GB Pant and other associated hospitals have not been started yet and patients suffer the consequences. The bone-chilling cold in hospitals is making life difficult for ailing patients," he said.

Dr Hassan said that cold conditions increase mortalities and morbidities in patients. "Hospitals expose vulnerable patients to the risk of frigid conditions.

Cardiac and Stroke patients in hospitals are at increased risk of death as cold thickens blood and constricts the arteries," he said.

"The condition of Asthmatics and patients with Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases worsens in hospitals because of cold.

The icy conditions in hospitals increase the risk of expectant mothers having premature delivery."

Dr Hassan said that children and elderly are especially prone to hypothermia that can lead to respiratory and cardiac dysfunction and even death.

"Not only patients, but for hospital staff it becomes extremely difficult to work in icy conditions. The majority of the peripheral hospitals are without inbuilt central heating systems and they rely on traditional heaters which do harm than good to patients," he said.

Dr Hassan alleged that the administrators of the hospitals were insensitive to the sufferings of patients.

"They enjoy in their cozy heated offices and are least bothered about the miseries of people," he said.

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