Srinagar, 4th July: At a time when the country is preparing to open and entering into unlock 2.0, SKIMS Soura hospital is still grappling with the lack of facilities for COVID Patients and thereby risking the entire population in Kashmir.

It is an irony that when the specialist hospitals in the country are using the latest plasma therapy to treat COVID Patients and thereby have succeeded in minimising their mortality rate and the high-end hospitals in Kashmir are still thinking about the introduction of Plasma therapy in treating COVID Patients.

According to the families of the COVID-19 patients at SKIMS Soura hospital, there is a lack of facilities for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

According to the sources, the hospital has a shortage of human resources to handle the COVID-19 patient. Mohammad Rafiq, a father of a COVID-19 patient, told the media that only a few nurses, x-ray technicians, ECG Technicians, PG Resident doctors, Senior Residents & Consultants are available and they are not enough to serve the needs of the patients that need utmost and timely care. “The shortage of mechanical ventilators and other types of equipment is making it difficult for the medical and paramedical staff to treat the patients properly to save lives.”

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Pertinently, the mortality rate has spiked in Soura SKIMS Hospital as compared to other hospitals. Three COVID deaths have been reported from the hospital on Friday.  It has been learnt that the absence of antiviral drugs for COVID and immune modulators (say, for instance, tocilizumab) has exacerbated the mortality of COVID patients in the hospital.

A resident doctor wishing not to be named said that there had been no critical care team involvement in COVID 19 patient management and it could be one of the reasons why the mortality rate has spiked in the hospital. “The Director SKIMS, Dr. A G Ahanger, misbehaves with the senior faculty staff when the latter is asking for the better management of COVID Patients”, he added.

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The Newsletter tried to contact Director SKIMS, Dr. A G Ahanger repeatedly but he did not respond to our phone calls.

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