Medical Emergency

The unfolding crisis in the Kashmir Valley after the floods have created complexities at various levels. Not only has it resulted in loss to property worth thousands of crore, break down of communication systems and roadways, huge damage to infrastructure, but it has also hit the health services in the affected areas badly. Not much is known about the overall damage caused in areas like Anantnag, Pulwama, Rajouri etc, but the damage to the health facilities in Srinagar has been huge. Even before floods hit major parts of Srinagar on Sept 7th, SKIMS Hospital in Bemina had already been hit by flood waters.

The patients in ground floor had been shifted to the other floors of the hospital. Later all the major Govt hospitals in the city like GB Pant Children’s Hospital, Lal Ded Hospital etc were damaged by the flood waters. 

The city’s only and the biggest Govt run maternity hospital namely Lal Ded Hospital remained dysfunctional for nearly a month and its maternity emergency services were shifted to the Public Health centre in Sanat Nagar. Though some of the known private hospitals like Ahmed’s, Noora and Florence Hospital remained operational since for most of the time, but they were not well equipped to take the load of the patients and perform complex procedures and surgeries. It was an emergency medical situation in the valley which was compounded by the fact that many doctors weren’t be able to resume their duties given the fact that waters have not yet receded from many areas of Srinagar.

Many volunteers and donors from outside the State have been sending medical supplies to augment the depleted stock of medicine in the valley, but unless the State Govt swings into action, the situation will remain grim and the life of thousands of patients will be at risk. 

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