Re-Polling: SMHS Hospital put on alert
Authorities at SMHS hospital here have put on alert several key departments ahead of the re-polling in 38 polling booths in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on Thursday in the wake of large number of fire-arm injuries on the day of by-election on April 9.
Authorities in hospital administration said that the several departments like ophthalmology and surgery have been put on alert and strength of the manpower that would remain on duty on Thursday has been doubled for the day.
"An extra unit of doctors for Surgery and Ophthalmology each have been deployed for Thursday in view of the situation that unfolded on the polling day on April 9," said a senior official. These doctors, the official said, would, in addition to the routine staff, remain physically present at the hospital to cater to the emergencies the hospital authorities' fear might arise.
On the day of polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha, about 50 persons with pellet and bullet injuries were rushed to the hospital for the entire day from different parts of Budgam and Srinagar districts, after the security forces used the force to quell the protests at several polling stations. The government has ordered re-polling at 38 polling stations across the parliamentary constituency.
"This arrangement of doctors will help us have twice the usual number of doctors in Ophthalmology and Surgery Departments," said a senior administrator.
During the 2016 uprising, the SMHS hospital was the centre of attention for large scale of injured persons treated there. The Ophthalmology department alone received more than 1200 persons whose eyes were ruptured by the deadly pellets- many of them are now "practically blind".
A senior official said the paramedic and technical staff at Trauma OT of the hospital has also been put on alert. There are around five OTs in the Center which is being used for emergency cases. "We don't want to take any chance," the official said.