There are two or three doctors looking after patients in the emergency ward which is not sufficient for so many patients. At times there is so much crowd that two patients share one bed.
The emergency ward of SKIMS here is overburdened with the rush of patients from other districts.
“We have come here early in the morning as my mother complained of severe abdominal pain but the rush of patients is such that I had to bring a trolley for her and put it in the corridor as there is no space left in the main ward,” said Abid Ahmed.
“I have come from Sopore to visit this hospital as there is hardly any facility in our district hospital,” said Shahzada, a patient.
“There are two or three doctors looking after patients in the emergency ward which is not sufficient for so many patients. At times there is so much crowd that two patients share one bed,” said one Gulzar Ahmed.
“With so many patients here, there is every possibility that infections can spread not only between the patients but also between the attendants who are with the patients,” said Rafiqa, a resident of Rajpora Pulwama.
“My son complained of severe headache due to the smell in the main ward as there is very little ventilation,” she said.
“Even one cannot move properly as there is no space left for movement of the people. One has to really struggle to move out of the ward to get medicines or other things for the patient,” she added.
“There is no facility available at the district hospitals. I have persistent pain in my left arm and I went to district hospital for treatment but it proved costly for me due to the non seriousness of doctors there. Later I came to SKIMS and now there is a lot of improvement in my arm,” said Ishfaq Ahmed of Tral.
Commenting on the issue, Director SKIMS, Dr. Showkat Zargar, said, “Patients with milder problems come to this hospital for treatment which must be stopped so that patients with complicated problems can be better treated at this hospital. Unnecessary referrals must be curtailed so that healthcare can be improved in the State.”
“We are expanding the casualty ward so that more patients could be accommodated in our hospital for better treatment and comfort,” he added.