GMC’s pediatric surgery deptt grapples with equipment shortage

Set up to provide specialised treatment to children in need of surgical interventions, pediatric surgery department at Government Medical College (GMC) v is faced with “severe shortage” of equipment, affecting healthcare delivery.
GMC’s pediatric surgery deptt grapples with equipment shortage
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Set up to provide specialised treatment to children in need of surgical interventions, pediatric surgery department at Government Medical College (GMC) v is faced with "severe shortage" of equipment, affecting healthcare delivery. 

While the authorities at GMC have asked its associated hospitals and directorate of health services Kashmir to direct children in need of urological surgeries to urology department, the medicos have demanded the pediatric surgery department, which has specialization in handling pediatric cases, should be equipped with required facilities. 

"The department of urology at super specialty hospital Shireen Bagh is adequately equipped with respect to trained urologists, equipments and OT facilities to cater to needs of pediatric patients with various urological disorders," reads a circular recently issued by the GMC, highlighting lack of facilities at super specialty hospital pediatric surgery department.

A senior surgeon said the authorities have repeatedly ignored their demands for providing required facilities to the department. "We don't have pediatric resectoscope, cystoscope, uteruscope and other vital equipment. For years our requisitions have not been met," the surgeon said. 

A separate communication by head, department of surgery, to authorities questioned the decision for shifting children in need of medical intervention to urology department.

"About 70 percent of patients who are treated by pediatric surgeons have urological disorders and major component of their (pediatric surgeons) training is specifically about pedia urology," the letter reads. It argues that pediatric surgeons were better skilled with pediatric urology than general surgeons and general urologists.

A source said although equipment in hospital was property of the institute heads of departments often refuse to share resources to benefit of patients.

Another communication from in charge department of pediatric surgery has requested GMC authorities to issue directions to urology department to share its equipment with them.  "We are trained to manage pediatric surgery case in a better way," said the surgeon. 

The principal GMC Srinagar refused to comment on the issue.

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