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Outspoken nurse of JLNM Hospital Rainawari faces punitive action
Gets terminated for speaking truth, exposing lacunae at COVID-19 Hospital
3/30/2020 11:15:01 PM


JEHANGIR RASHID
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 30: A nurse appointed under the National Health Mission (NHM) and posted at Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital at Rainawari has been unceremoniously shown the exit after she complained of poor facilities at the hospital that has been designated as COVID-19 hospital.
Medical Superintendent JLNM Hospital on March 29 issued an order seeking termination of the contract of Ishrat Majeed, staff nurse (NHM). The recommendation of the Medical Superintendent has been sent to the Director Health Services Kashmir and the termination of the contract of the staff nurse is subject to the approval of the Director.
Sources within the JLNM Hospital told Early Times that the termination of staff nurse is totally uncalled for saying that proper arrangements are not in place at the hospital. They said that Ishrat raised concern over the inadequate facilities and the same did not go well with the health administrators.
Sources said that Ishrat was posted in the isolation ward of the COVID-19 hospital on March 27 which was only the second day of designating the hospital as COVID-19 hospital. They said the facilities at the hospital on that day were abysmal although not much improvement has taken place even today.
"Ishrat had raised questions over the inadequate facilities and said the same need to be improved so that some relief is given to the COVID-19 patients admitted there. Being a local she brought the food herself and distributed the same among the COVID-19 patients. Her only fault was that she raised alarm and as such he had to face the wrath from the people at helm," said sources.
Sources said that the nurse narrated the tale to one of the media persons on phone and same got leaked to the health administrators following which the punitive action was taken against her. They said the medicos and other health professionals are facing the music for no fault of theirs adding that problem lies in the mismanagement in the system.
In the letter issued by the Medical Superintendent it has been said that the staff nurse was seen roaming around the quarantine ward of the hospital despite the fact that the hospital received 26 high risk contacts of a positive patient who were kept in the surgical ward 1 and 2 for quarantine.
It has also been written in the letter that the nurse has violated the laid down procedure by circulating malicious content on social media that resulted into a situation due to which public property was damaged by the attendants of affected persons.
However, sources said that the allegations leveled against the nurse are unfound adding that the only reason for taking the extreme step is that she spoke against the inadequate facilities at the hospital.
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