KashmirContinuous shutdowns restrict patient to visit hospitals

Continuous shutdowns restrict patient to visit hospitals


NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: Hospitals across have witnessed considerable decline in patient inflow for the last over two months due to continuous shutdowns and restrictions.

The care system in the Valley especially in Srinagar is largely dependent on the SMHS hospital where around 2500 patients used to visit to its Outdoor Patient Department on an average daily two months back.

As per the official details, 891527 patients visited to SMHS hospital's OPD during 2015-2016. Similarly, the doctors had seen 698988 patients in the hospital's OPD during 2014-2015 and 731014 in 2013-2014.

During the first three months (April, May and June) of the current fiscal 254935 patients visited to the OPD of the SMHS hospital.

Now there has been considerable decline of patient inflow who are not able to reach to the hospital due to prevailing situation in the Valley.

During these two months, the protestors have denied even patients to visit to hospitals or people were reluctant to come out of their homes due to prevailing situation. “Around 2500 patients used to visit OPD on an average daily, now less than 700 people visit the hospital per day,” an official of the SMHS hospital said. “Before two months, there used to be a huge rush of patients now doctors see very less patients in the OPD of the hospital.”

He said the routine admissions and surgeries were also cancelled for some days after July 9 to accommodate the injured. He said the protestors and sometimes security forces too were denying permission to ambulances to ferry the patients.

“I had to visit the hospital last month for check-up but I could not come to see the doctor at SMHS hospital due to shutdowns and restrictions,” Ali Mohammad, a resident of Pampore said.

A senior official said the hospital provides treatment to all whosoever visit the hospital. “The fall in patient inflow has been due to shutdowns and restrictions who could not visit the hospital for the last around two-months,” he said.

However, he said there was a huge inflow of injured ones who were brought to the hospital since July 9.

The situation is same in other hospitals where very less patients are able to reach for the check-up. “Nobody want to risk his life to go hospital when the protests and clashes have become a norm of the day,” Mohammad Ramzan, a resident of Sopore.

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