Medicos allege Covid mismanagement at Kashmir’s premier hospital, highlight plight of staff

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Highlighting direct contact between Covid and non-Covid patients, the medicos at Kashmir’s prominent tertiary care hospital SKIMS have alleged that the hospital administration is risking their lives by mismanaging the prevalent Covid-19 situation.

Senior doctors from the hospital while talking with—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) rue the facilities alleged that even senior doctors had to fend for themselves.

“While some doctors who are positive are getting managed at home, others like the current chief of a major super specialty had to struggle to find a bed in the institute,” they alleged.

“Administration has no clear plan in place and there is a direct mixing of COVID and non-COVID cases. OPD’s are running and it is a perfect environment for the disease to spread,” she said.

Medicos alleged that the Director of the Institute has messed the management resulting in serious compromise of the working of the institute.

“Besides the heads of departments like Anasthesia, CVTS, Pediatric Surgery, Neurology, there are countless residents who have been affected by the disease,” they said.

One senior faculty member said that the hospital lacks facilities for the staff and without a bed people are battling for life in the IDB block.

“The way the pandemic has been managed in this hospital has left a lot wanting as nearly 250 patients are admitted with COVID and there are six to ten deaths each day, but the mismanagement continues,” he said.

Doctors also leveled allegations of serious irregularities in the procurement of various equipment and supplies by the current administration.

“SKIMS still is not designated Covid facility and the non- Covid patients requiring super special care are getting neglected,” they said.

Meanwhile PRO of the SKIMS Dr Kulsooma refuted the claims and termed the allegations baseless.

“We refute it. It is baseless,” she said, adding that the role of SKIMS in the Covid management has been exemplary and acknowledged by one and all.

“The present dispensation is managing the crisis efficiently and is focusing on providing all possible services to all patients,” she said—(KNO)

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