Srinagar: With the temperatures dipping below freezing point, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that patients in Kashmir hospitals face huge inconvenience due to lack of heating arrangement.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said patients are shivering with cold as heating systems of hospitals are not yet operational.
The heating systems at SMHS, Chest-Disease, Lal Ded, GB Pant and other associated hospitals have not been started yet and patients suffer the consequences.
The bone-chilling cold in hospitals is making life difficult for ailing patients.
Cold conditions increase mortalities and morbidities in patients.
Hospitals expose vulnerable patients to the risk of frigid conditions.
Cardiac and Stroke patients in hospitals are at increased risk of death as cold thickens blood and constricts the arteries.
The condition of Asthmatics and patients with Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases worsens in hospitals because of cold.
The icy conditions in hospitals increase the risk of expectant mothers having premature delivery.
Children and elderly are especially prone to hypothermia that can lead to respiratory and cardiac dysfunction and even death.
Not only patients, but for hospital staff it becomes extremely difficult to work in icy conditions.
The majority of the peripheral hospitals are without inbuilt central heating systems and they rely on traditional heaters which do harm than good to patients.
The administrators of the hospitals are insensitive to the sufferings of patients and they enjoy in their cozy heated offices and they are least bothered with the miseries of people. (CNS)