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Many hospitals in Kashmir lack proper heating system

Last Updated on November 13, 2021 at 6:01 pm

With the temperatures dipping in Kashmir, the bone chilling cold has arrived in valley making normal life disrupt. To an utter shock, the hospitals do not have proper heating system and facilities for the patients. Patients suffer in the shivering cold due to absence of heating facilities in hospital as the official date of beginning of winters is 15 November as set by Jammu and Kashmir government.

In past few days, there has been continuous decline in the temperature and cold weather conditions have engulfed the valley. As per reports, SMHS Hospital, Bone and Joint Hospital, Lal Ded Hospital, GB Pant Hospital, SKIMS Soura and most other hospitals, the central heating system is yet not started. Hospital administrators said that heating systems in hospitals are started on 15 November as directed.

It has come to fore that patients’ attendants complain about the lack of heating facilities in hospital due to which patients have to suffer.

Manzoor Hakak, whose father, a 77 year old patient is admitted at SMHS Hospital said that the elderly man has not slept through the four nights since he was brought to hospital. “He had fever and chills and no matter how many blankets we wrap him into, he still shivers through the night,” he said. The son said that the family arranges hot water bottles from the canteen to keep the patient warm.

Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital Dr Kanwaljeet Singh said that the heating system is on trial for three days.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq Jan said that the hospital has started heating in critical areas such Operation Theatres and ICUs from November 1. “From November 11, we started heating the wards also. But we will start heating systems on Monday in all hospital areas,” he said.

At Lal Ded Hospital, the Medical Superintendent, Dr Shabir Ahmed said, “We are trying to get the hospital areas into a comfortable temperature range with the means that we have currently,” he said.