Healthcare limping back to normalcy in Kashmir

Srinagar: As Kashmir Valley battles the aftermath of the worst-ever floods in more than a century, healthcare is limping back to normal as most of the major hospitals have been cleaned of the slush and restoration work is going apace.
The major government-run hospitals like SMHS Hospital, Lala Ded Maternity Hospital, SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina, Bone and Joints Hospital and the lone children’s hospital – G B Pant – had suspended operations after being flooded.
These hospitals suffered huge damages, both to infrastructure and equipment, and even as temporary arrangements were put in place, normal functioning would take a while to resume.
While SKIMS Bemina, SMHS and GB Pant Hospital remained inundated till the end of last week and were being cleaned, Bone and Joints Hospital was made operational last week after being cleaned and sanitized.
The maternity services at Lala Ded, where cleaning process is going on, was shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital.
The ground floors of the most of the major hospitals were completely submerged in the floodwaters causing massive damage to some of the modern and state-of-the-art equipment including MRI system, X-ray machines, ECG machines and Color Doppler.
“There has been a huge damage in most of these hospitals, but we are trying our best to restore the services as soon as possible so that patients do not suffer,” Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Rafiq Ahmad Pampoori, who looks after the associated hospitals of the medical college, said. (PTI)


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