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Shortage of docs taking toll on patients admitted for COVID-19 at JLNM Hospital Rainawari
Medicos demand recall of doctors sent to quarantine centers set up in hotels
3/29/2020 11:46:07 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 29: Despite the claims made by the administration that adequate number of doctors have been posted at the COVID-19 hospitals the situation on the ground suggests quite contrary to these claims thus putting the patients to risk.
Sources told Early Times that it is due to this lackadaisical attitude of the people at helm that Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital at Rainawari is in the news for the wrong reasons. They said that paucity of doctors at the JLNM hospital is taking a toll on the patients admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital.
JLNM Hospital Rainawari is one of the two COVID-19 hospitals in Srinagar with Chest Diseases Hospital, Drugjan-Dalgate, being the other one. Over the past few days complaints have come from both these hospitals that the proper arrangements are not in place for the Corona Virus patients.
The Office of Medical Superintendent, JLNM Hospital Rainawari issued a duty roster for doctors and other health officials some days back with respect to the isolation ward of the hospital. In the duty roster it has been said that barring the first day, one doctor, one theatre technician and one nurse would be discharging their duties in the isolation ward of the hospital.
The duty roster has come into effect from March 26, 2020 and it would continue up to April 8. On the first day while two doctors were posted in the isolation ward in the hospital in the subsequent days one doctor has been deputed to the isolation ward along with one theatre technician and one nurse. In the duty roster it has been mentioned that the duty schedule is for 24 hours from 10 AM one day to 10 AM second day.
Talking to Early Times, a group of doctors said that the people are not wrong in saying that proper Medicare is not being given to the Corona Virus patients at the JLNM Hospital. The doctors said that humanely it is not possible for a single doctor to do his job for 24 hours in an isolation ward anywhere.
“Ideally three doctors should be posted for 24 hours at the isolation ward of the COVID-19 Hospital. This means that an eight hour schedule has to be followed for the doctors and the other staff at the hospital. How can you expect a doctor to do justice with his job when he is asked to look after patients in intensive care unit of the hospital for 24 hours consecutively,” said the doctors.
The doctors said that since time is running out the government should immediately recruit doctors or bring doctors who are doing virtually ‘nothing’ at the hotels designated as quarantine centers. They said that hundreds of doctors posted at the quarantine centers set up in the hotels should be deputed to the COVID-19 hospitals so that the patient care is not affected.
The doctors said that the specialists/super specialists have to bore the brunt since the health administrators dish out wrong information to the government. They said the health administrators keep their bosses busy while doing very little to improve the situation on the ground.
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