Amid the ongoing lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the closure of OPDs and private clinics in Valley, Kashmir's largest maternity hospital Lal Ded in Srinagar is facing an extra-ordinary rush of patients, which include both emergency and patients with less severe medical issues.
According to many patients, doctors at the Lal Ded hospital are treating patients in a single examination room.
Afroza, a resident of Qamarwari Srinagar said that doctors are doing a great job amid the ongoing crisis but the rush of patients puts ‘everyone at risk.’
“Critical patients face problems as they have to wait a long time to get themselves examined and admitted in the hospital,” she said.
After the government imposed lockdown in the Valley following the outbreak of COVID-19, the closure of OPD in hospitals and private clinics has lead to panic among people.
A Srinagar resident Bilal Ahmad, accompanying his ill wife said, that since private clinics and hospitals are closed, “we don’t have any other options so we came to Lal Ded hospital.”
“The hospital is overcrowded in late evening hours as it is the largest maternity hospital in Kashmir,” he added.
As social distancing has emerged as one of the major precautionary practice to combat the spread of COVID-19, but the Lal Ded administration is failing to follow it, putting both patients as well as doctors at risk.
However, Medical Superintendent LD hospital, Dr Shabir A Siddiqi denied that the hospital has a single emergency examination room.
“We are checking the temperature of patients and we have made two casualty examination rooms. One for respiratory tracked infection patients and the other for normal patients,” he said.
Commenting on the rush of patients, Siddiqi said, “Talking about the rush in the late evening hours, LD hospital is a tertiary care hospital and due to closure of other hospitals we are facing a rush of patients sometimes,” he added.
Siddiqi also said that he will look into the matter of social distancing at the hospital.