|Early Times Report|
Udhampur, Sept 27: Social activist Naresh Mathur on Sunday questioned whether providing ventilators to government hospitals has served the purpose when there is a dearth of technicians to run them (ventilators).
“I’ve been watching through media reports that ventilators and oxygen cylinders have been provided to some of the district hospitals and Government Medical Colleges Jammu and Srinagar. This is, in fact, a great gesture of the union government during the times of pandemic. “But what purpose these ventilators will serve when there is an acute shortage of manpower to run them?” asked Naresh Mathur during a press conference here today. Flanked by prominent people of the town, including Roop Chand Sharma, Rajesh Bandral, Aditya and others, Mathur also slammed the Health department officials and other senior rung officials for their failure to make proper arrangements for checking and treating the COVID-19 affected patients in the government hospitals.
According to Mathur, in the district hospitals, same doctors who’re treating the COVID-19 patients are treating non-COVID patients as well. “Against what was promised earlier, no separate COVID wards have been set up in the district hospitals. As such, same doctors who are treating the COVID patients, are treating other patients, thus increasing their risk of getting affected by COVID,” he said, adding, “And since they’re suffering from co-morbidities, their risk of death increases manifold.”