Covid patients left at God’s mercy at SKIMS Bemina, Attendants allege; MS refutes

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The attendants of patients admitted at SKIMS JVC Bemina, one of the COVID-19 designated hospitals in the Valley, here have alleged that they are being left at God’s mercy as the senior doctors are showing callous approach towards the routine checkup for COVID-19 patients.

An attendant from the hospital told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that there are no proper arrangements in place for the patients. He said it is a difficult task for every attendant to get an oxygen cylinder for his/her patient as the hospital authorities are forcing them to move from pillar to post to get the cylinder.

“Besides, there is hardly any senior doctor available who visits the patients for routine checkup. We are already in trauma and hospital authority is leaving no stone unturned to add to our miseries,” he said.

A patient informed that the authorities hardly care about the COVID patients in the hospital.

When contacted, Medical Superintendent JVC Hospital, Dr Shifa Deva, however, refuted the allegations, saying that the consultants are doing the routine rounds of the wards, and the roster has already been rolled out.

She further said that they have centralized oxygen supply and availability of oxygen cylinders as well. “We are also ensuring the safety of the Doctors, paramedics, nursing staff, orderly and other staff involved in COVID wards,” she said. She also added that she will ensure that the roster is followed in letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, when contacted, said that he will look into the matter and speak to the concerned department in this regard—(KNO)

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