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MCH Anantnag continues to function without blood bank, ventilators
Top health officer’s role comes under Public scanner!
1/10/2020 11:20:18 PM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Anantnag, Jan 10: The role of top Health and Medical Education department official, who had visited Anantnag multiple times and remarked the need of shifting of Anantnag Maternity and Child Care hospital, is under public scanner as his department neither shifting the hospital nor providing basic facilities to patients.
According to reports, the top official of Health and Medical Education had visited Government Medical College Anantnag around a dozen times during last year and remarked the need of shifting Maternity and Child Care Hospital Anantnag but the orders issued by the officer hadn’t yielded an positive result because of which poor people particularly pregnant females continue suffer at MCH Anantnag as the hospital lack of basic facilities.
The hospital continues to function basic facilities- blood bank, ventilators, analyzers and laparoscope because of which doctors are forced to refer the pregnant woman and new born to Srinagar hospitals overburdening them further.
“The officer visited Anantnag multiple times and instructed JKPCC to expedite the construction work of Rehmat-e-Aalam hospital but the agency seems to haven’t obliged his orders and virtually put them into dustbin,” an officer, whishing anonymity told ET.
He said that the top officer himself has also stopped addressing issues related to the hospital.
“It appears that this hospital and its improvement isn’t his (officer’s) priority as he has failed to take any decision so far regarding the shifting of the hospital or improving the condition of the hospital,” he alleged.
Staffers at Maternity and Child Care Hospital Anantnag told Early Times that the hospital has facing official apathy.
“Due to the lack of facilities and space we have to unnecessarily shift patients to Srinagar,” they said.
Last night, they informed that around 12 patients were shifted to Srinagar for treatment due to the non-availability of beds and even other hospitals of the district were alarmed and informed to directly refer patients (pregnant ladies) to Srinagar.
“Ultimately we have to face the public,” they said.
The lone Maternity and Child Care hospital in South Kashmir has been confronting the problem of space crunch as it continues to function from the old, dilapidated and unsafe building at Sherbagh.
This has been taking toll on the healthcare of the patients and at times forcing the doctors to unnecessarily refer pregnant ladies and children to Srinagar hospitals.
This hospital which caters to entire south Kashmir as well as Chenab and Pirpanchal valleys is only 40 bedded with an average of more than 40000 patients in the Out-patient department (OPD) and about 7000 indoor patient’s on a monthly basis.
“The hospital lacks proper space and is always overcrowded with even two to three patients sharing a single bed. The beds have been put even in the corridor,” said a doctor posted at MCH wishing anonymity.
He said there is no proper ventilation and the building has also been declared unsafe by the fire and emergency department several years ago.
Even as the hospital is now under Government Medical College (GMC), Anantnag still then the situation is so grim that the doctors are forced to refer the patients which could otherwise be easily treated here to Srinagar hospitals.
The locals and medicos have been for long for shifting of hospital to old building of district hospital as the hospital is devoid of proper sanitation and the wards always stink as a result of which there is an every likelihood of diseases.
Locals said that Sherbagh where the MCH is located is very much congested with narrow roads and the area witness’s frequent traffic jams.
Four years back the MCH was shifted to the Janglatmandi along with machinery, however ironically it was overnight shifted back at the behest of a local PDP leader only to appease few chemists and shopkeepers running their business outside the hospital.
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