Critical patients in Pulwama District Hospital are put in a storeroom after the doctors perform surgeries on them as the healthcare centre lacks space for in-patients. Doctors in the hospital said that it had no space for IPD block when it was upgraded from a primary health centre into a district hospital two decades ago. “As there was no space for keeping patients with surgeries, the administrators converted a storeroom in the ground floor into an IPD room for time being,” a senior doctor in the hospital told KNS. “Since then no successive government or any legislator cared to order construction of an IPD block. And the storeroom continues to be an IPD,” he said. The storeroom is a small hall divided into two halves by a glass walling, with two small rectangular glass windows, permanently fixed into walls. For lightning the storeroom, electric rods have been fixed and few fans have been fixed for cooling in summer months. No heating arrangement has been made for winter. The patients are crowded in the beds in the room and due to congestion it stinks. “Is this a post-operative ward? It resembles cowshed. We always fear for our patients,” said a group of attendants in the hospital. Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Mohammad Saleem told KNS that the administration is aware of the lack of IPD in the hospital. “We don’t have IPD. We have converted store room into IPD ward which is being used as post-gynecology ward also. New IPD block is being constructed from 2011. But from the last few months, the speed of the work is too low,” Dr Saleem told KNS. Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Sumir Mattoo told KNS that the hospital has not received any funds from the department from the last several months and hence the IPD is not being completed. “I will take up the issue with the authorities concerned for release of funds for the IPD block so that its construction is expedited,” Dr Mattoo told KNS.
2015 Kashmir Despatch