SRINAGAR: The hospitals in occupied Kashmir valley, which received hundreds of people injured in police firing are facing acute crisis and almost all are running short of essential equipments, medicines and blood. At least four persons were killed and over 300 injured in police action on the processions which were heading to cross the Line of Control to protest the blockade of Srinagar-Jammu highway by the rightwing parties.
The doctors at the city’s premier hospital SHMS said there is shortage of blood, cotton, medicines (only Siploxine injection is available in abundance), and angiocath as the hospital has received more than 80 injured among which three died. “In case the situation prolongs for few more days, we will be in a limbo,” doctors at the SMHS said. “Our hospital is short of all basic drugs and equipments necessary for conducting operations and treating critically injured. If the situation continues for a few more days, we will face an acute crisis,” said a senior doctor who is operating injured patients since Monday.
There has been such a rush of injured to the Bone and Joint Hospital that the cotton stocks, blood reserves and other necessary surgical equipments would last just for one more day. Chief Medical Officer Bone and Joint Hospital, Burzulla, Dr Farooq said whatever medicine stock and other necessary equipment the hospital had is being put out for use. Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent Bone and Joint Hospital, Burzulla, Dr Muhammad Ramzaan said: “As of now, we have enough of cotton and blood. But if the situation prolongs we would definitely run short of these essential items.”
He said that the hospital could face an acute crisis if the clashes and strike continues for two more days. “We had asked the government for the supplies and the hospital is waiting for them to be airlifted to the Valley.” The rush of injured to the Valley hospitals has occurred at a time when the rightwing parties are enforcing blockade of Srinagar-Jammu highway and disrupting supplies to Kashmir. Dr Ramzaan said owing to the crisis situation in the Valley for the past 20 years, the Bone and Joint hospital has many times written to the government about purchase of a traumatic van so that the injured could be ferried immediately from the spot to the hospital. “However, nothing happened. Many injured die while being rushed to the hospital,” he said.
Other hospitals too are unable to handle the rush of the injured. Medical experts termed the situation as ‘grave’, graver than the 1947 crisis. “Kashmir is heading towards the worst-ever human crisis after 1947 turmoil. If the crisis prolongs it will be the worst scenario, more awful than the 1947 massacre of Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu,” said Medical Fair Price Shopkeepers Association (MFPSA), General Secretary, Muhammad Aslam.
Meanwhile, Principal Government Medical College (GMC), Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Shah told Rising Kashmir that the city hospitals have sufficient stock, but was quick to add that today’s situation is much difficult for hospitals to cope up with. “We have been dealing with the crisis in the Valley for the past 18 years. But, the large number of injured that city hospitals are receiving today may affect the patient care,” he said.
Principal GMC said that if the present condition continues for more days, hospitals would be under tremendous pressure and the supplies may fall short. About the trauma vans, which all hospitals lack in the Valley, Dr Shah said that the present crisis demands more and more trauma vans. “But we don’t have any full fledged trauma van in the Valley, which is necessary at this point of time to save the lives,” he said. Adding to woes, the patient care is being badly hit with paramilitary CRPF and police lying siege of the casualty ward of the SMHS hospital.
Meanwhile leaders are detained in the houses and Curfew has been imposed for peaceful funeral prayers, police says. Large number of troops has been appointed in the occupied valley and Sri Nagar.
People of Azad Kashmiri are also mourning the death of Sheikh Abdul Aziz. Azad Kashmir cabinet summoned emergency session in which Indian was strongly condemned for killing Kashmiri leader. Azad Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain has demaned taht World community should immediately take effective measure agaomst killing of Kashmiri people without wasting further time.