Children Hospital Bemina sans medical shops

<strong>Children Hospital Bemina sans medical shops</strong>

Patients, attendants suffer; seek Govt. intervention

Basharat Kareem

SRINAGAR, Jan 30: Non-availability of medical shops in Children Hospital Bemina Srinagar is causing huge inconvenience to the patients and their attendants as well.

The 500-bedded pediatric hospital which was shifted last year from G.B Pant hospital Sonwar to Bemina lacks chemist shops due to which the attendants of patients admitted in the hospital face immense hardships as they have to travel over a kilometer from the hospital in order to fetch medicines.

While talking to Kashmir Despatch some attendants expressed resentment over the absence of medical shops in the hospital. They said there are pushed to purchase medicines from far off area that creates problems for them and their patients as well.

“We are satisfied with this hospital and the facilities which are being provided here by the authorities. However, the non-availability of the medical shop is extremely inconvenient for us so we appeal to the LG government to look into this matter,” they added.

A patient’s attendant said, “My child fell sick yesterday and I brought him here to this hospital, but I am running here and there since morning to get the medicine as there is no medical shop in the hospital premises and not even in nearby areas”.

Another attendant from south Kashmir said, “There is no medical shop in the hospital due to which we suffer a lot. We are forced to visit the medical shops which are far away from the hospital to buy the medicines. One who is having their personal vehicle can manage buying medicines from outside medical shops but it is very challenging to travel around 1 kilometer for those who don’t have their personal vehicle”.

The patient attendants have appealed to the government to provide some chemist shops in the Hospital so they do not have to travel outside the hospital in order to get medicines and have some relaxation from this immense hardship.

“We have conveyed our message regarding the issue of medical shops in the hospital to the government and hope the action will be taken and the issue will be resolved soon”. Dr Nazir Chaudary, Medical Superintendent of Children Hospital told Kashmir Despatch over phone.

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