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Why is it that no one cares about the quality of medical care in Kashmir? The numbers are as shocking as they are disturbing

After GB Panth, Deaths in SKIMS Shock People

Early Times Report

srinagar, Aug 28: Even as the state is yet to recover from the shock of infant deaths in GB Panth hospital, official documents with Early Times reveal that the SKIMS is no different as far as mortality rate is concerned. The documents show that 3400 deaths have occurred in the Valley’s lone super specialty hospital from January 2011 to July 31, 2012.

The neurosurgery department, documents reveal heads the list with 714 deaths. It is followed by neurology with 626 deaths and urology department with 602 deaths.

The Accountant General of the state ascribes the reason to alarming death rate to lack of staff and infrastructure. The audit party of the accountant general’s office has exposed the rot behind the rosy picture projected by the management.

The party said the hospital’s casualty and accident/ emergency ward was overcrowded, dingy and shabby. The party found patients lying on the floor outside the casualty. There are some wheel chairs but no nurses to ferry the patients.”
The audit party found long queues of patients at different counters waiting for their turn. Pertinent to mention the hospital can cater to needs of 600 patients on a daily basis in the out patients department (OPD). But it receives around 1200 patients.

There is acute shortage of drugs in the hospital, said the audit party. Even normal saline (glucose) is not available in the super specialty hospital. The patients have to purchase it from the market. Curiously the Institute purchases drugs worth crores of rupees every year but the patients have to rush to the market for most of the medicines, a senior doctor said.

The mortality rate attracted the attention of Speaker, Mohammad Akber Lone. He has constituted a committee of the members of the house to investigate the alarming death rate. The committee has not submitted its report.