District hospitals defunct, LD hospital bears brunt

District hospitals defunct, LD hospital bears brunt

For surgeries patients are being referred to Srinagar hospitals which puts a lot of pressure on the healthcare system as a whole and a large people suffer the most.

 With the huge flow of patients at the Lal Ded hospital, the maternity care of patients is at stake.

“We are bound to come to this hospital as there is no facility available at the district hospital in our village,” said one of the attendants Ghulam Nabi of Sopore whose wife Shafeeqa was admitted in the hospital on Sunday.

“At district hospital there is no facility available like medicines, no good surgeons and overall no care is given to the patients “ said by Rafiqa, a resident of Rajpora, Pulwama.

“For surgeries patients are being referred to Srinagar hospitals which puts a lot of pressure  on the healthcare system as a whole and a large people suffer the most”, said a local paramedic staffer.

“Sometimes the number of attendants is more as compared to the number of patients themselves. The rush of people is such that even sometimes people have to stay outside of the hospital.  The causes of neonatal death include pro-longed or obstructed labor that leads to fatal distress, premature and low-birth weight, birth trauma, and respiratory distress," he added.

Mymoona, a patient, said she had  come from far flung areas to get herself treated as in their village they didn’t have any health facility.

Raja, another patient said that her daughter complained of severe pain in the abdomen and was shifted to district hospital Pulwama but due to non -availability of medicines, she was shifted to LD hospital Srinagar.

The healthcare facility at district hospitals is not up to the mark as for minor complications patients are being referred to Srinagar hospitals which leads to the huge rush of patients.

The medical superintendent of Lal Ded hospital Dr Mustaq Ahmad Rather said that district hospitals are well equipped but unfortunately people with minor issues come to Srinagar hospitals which must be stopped to improve the health standards at state level.