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Kashmir's 2 hospitals witness 13 deaths daily
12/6/2017 11:09:16 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Dec 6: Signifying increase in patient rush to tertiary hospitals, atleast 13 deaths get reported on an average daily at two major hospitals of Kashmir.
The health care system in the Valley is largely dependent on Shar-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura and SMHS hospital Srinagar.
These two tertiary care hospitals receive patients from across the valley as Jammu and Kashmir's health centres and district hospitals are at poor condition.
Official figures reveal that over 2500 deaths have taken place at the SKIMS Soura till November in this year, indicating around eight deaths take place on an average daily.
Doctors attribute that there was a huge rush of patients on the hospital. "There is lack of accountability from bottom to top. There is mismanagement and risking the lives of people. We receive referrals from across Kashmir even from some parts of Jammu," a senior doctor at SKIMS Soura said.
He said government has failed to lift the health care system in far-flung areas. "Due to lack of proper health care facilities in district hospitals, patient throng to SKIMS and SMHS hospital for the treatment," the official said. Similarly, four to five people die on an average daily at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital Srinagar.
As many as 1660 deaths were reported at the hospital in 2015-2016, which is almost 100 percent increase in reported deaths since 2010.
As per official figures, 893 deaths were reported in 2010-2011, whose number was 894 in 2011-2012.
During 2012-2013 and 2014-2015, 1389, 1455 patients reportedly died respectively at the hospital during these consecutive years.
The hospital authorities attribute increase in deaths with increase in patient rush. "The hospital is catering to a large number of patients from across the Valley many are often referred to the hospital at critical stages," a doctor said.
He said the health care system in the valley especially in Srinagar is largely dependent on the SMHS hospital where around 2500 patients visit to its OPD on an average daily. As per the official details, around 45 lakh people visited the hospital during the last six-years. As many as 891527 patients visited to SMHS hospital's OPD during 2015-2016. Similarly, the doctors had seen 698988 patients in the hospital's OPD during 2014-2015 and 731014 in 2013-2014.
An official said there was a shortage of over 1500 doctors in rural areas of the state. "There is a sanctioned strength nearly 1500 doctors for valley hospitals run by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) but only 900 doctors are available for duty resulting patients are being unnecessarily referred to tertiary care hospitals," the official said.
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