Srinagar: With the temperatures dipping below freezing point, most of the hospitals in Kashmir valley have started facing the erratic problem of heating arrangements, giving tough time to the patients.
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) also said that the lack of adequate heating equipments let the patients to face huge inconvenience.
“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,” said President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
Patients in the hospitals also say that the bone-chilling cold 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,” they said.
As winters are drawing closer, the condition of Asthmatics and patients with Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases worsens in hospitals because of the severe cold.
Doctors say 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,” they said.
Adding, 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. (PTK)