Suspension of OPD at JVC: Patients, Residents Stage Protest

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Srinagar- The residents and shopkeepers from Bemina area of Srinagar on Monday staged a protest at Press Enclave here, demanding resumption of Put-patient Department (OPD) services at JVC hospital in the locality.

The protesters said “Despite having 90% vacancy of beds available at 500 bed Khonmoh hospital, the authorities stopped OPD services at JVC hospital, causing problems to the patients especially the pregnant women.”

“We demand the resumption of OPD services at JVC hospital as per the orders issued by the Director Health Services, Kashmir,” they said.

"We appeal to the Lieutenant Governor led administration, Director Health and other concerned authorities to ensure the resumption of OPD services at JVC hospital, they said.

Meanwhile, outside the a chaos-like situation emerged as OPD services were shut for the patients. The main gate of the JVC Hospital here in Bemina area of Srinagar city was closed and patients and attendants were denied entry into the hospital.

Patients were seen waiting near the closed gate, however, the employees of the hospital informed them that they won’t be allowed inside the hospital as OPD counters have been closed.

Pertinently, administration yesterday had announced that all the OPDs will remain open, however, authorities at JVC Hospital closed the OPD counters much discomfiture to the attendants and patients.

A doctor said that the hospital has been designated as Covid-19 hospital and this is the reason OPD has been shut down for the patients.

The patients and attendants who had arrived in the hospital from far off places were seen waiting outside the hospital amid chill and rains.

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