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Admin's focus on COVID -19 pandemic crisis; patients with other ailments left in lurch
5/29/2020 11:42:06 PM

S K KAW
EARLY TIMES REPORT

JAMMU, May 29: In these testing times when the government of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory has been focusing hard to fight against deadly corona virus with all its might yet the patients with other ailments seem to have been left in lurch for want of treatment.
Sources said that before the outbreak of deadly disease like COVID-19 in J&K, a large number of patients with other diseases were under treatment but due to spread in the COVID-19 cases and subsequent lockdown restrictions in different phases most of the hospitals were virtually turned into isolation centres to fight against the deadly virus.
“Before getting a discharge from hospitals many patients were advised to go for major and minor surgeries as a treatment for their ailments but due to constant lockdowns for over two months but the elongated lockdown period has left them high and dry left as they have no solutions to their problems,” said sources.
Sources further said that the patients are under immense depression due to non-availability of the treatments suggested for their ailments, adding that when they approach their doctors they were told that presently no surgery can be conducted unless patient gets a negative report of the corona test from a designated health institution.
Narrating her tale of woes, a patient suffering from pancreatic problem, who wished not to be named said, “I was admitted for treatment of acute pancreatic infections in the month of February at GMC&H Bakshi Nagar for over a fortnight and before discharging me from the hospital I was advised by my doctors to go for a surgery to remove my gallbladder with in a month's time.”
“But due to constant lockdowns since March everything remained closed including private hospitals and nursing homes. I had to skip my surgery but now operation is a must but it’s impossible presently because doctors attending me have refused to conduct my operation for unknown reasons," the lady added while talking to Early Times.
With the opening of private hospitals and nursing homes during lockdown 4.0 with a plenty of other relaxations, a ray of hope had prevailed among such patients who have been advised to undergo major or minor surgeries for their ailments by their respective doctors but to the utter dismay of the ailing persons the doctors as well as management of nursing homes and private hospitals don't entertain them because of no COVID- 19 test report.
“If a COVID- 19 test report is mandatory for undergoing a surgery in any hospital or nursing home for treating a patient then Government must provide such a facility for patients at every nursing home and private hospitals by establishing special clinical laboratories so that patients with other ailments can get a treatment for themselves without any problems,” said another patient who is suffering from acute infection of piles and requires immediate surgery.
Sources said that adequate arrangements are needed to treat the COVID patients in hospitals by establishing more and more fully equipped isolation wards with all facilities.
“Concurrent provisions for the care of patients with other ailments, minor or major, must also be made on a priority and nobody should suffer unnecessarily for any reason,” the sources said.
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