Bone and joint: Kashmir ’s lone B&J craves for attention as govt fails to upgrade it

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
June 23, 2017 0 Comments CITY 102 Views
Bone and joint: Kashmir ’s lone B&J craves for attention as govt fails to upgrade it

Despite being the lone hospital of such kind in the valley,
The Bone and Joint hospital lacks everything and craves for basic necessities. Even the World Bank report has declared the existing building of the hospital “unsafe”.
When the Bone and Joint Hospital was established it was thought that its miseries would be over and the future generations would receive good care and treatment. Four decades down the line, nothing has change in this 150 bed hospital, where two to three patients have to share a single bed or spend nights on trolleys.
Sumeer Ahmad, a resident of Qazigund had fracture in his arm earlier last month. “I was admitted to the hospital for a week. The hospital has only one X-ray plant which is not able to cater to the needs of huge number of patients,” Owas said. “I had to wait for three hours to get my X-ray done.”
Sumeer said the sanitation of the hospital has “deteriorated” so much even the water is over flowing from the toilets, leaving a slippery surface outside.
“Several patients, especially elderly persons, struggle their way through the sheet of water coming out from a toilet in Emergency Ward. The condition of toilets is so horrible that it cannot be used but we have no other choice,” he said.
The patients and the officials said there is no drinking water available besides washrooms are in a dilapidated condition. “The sanitation and lack of beds is main problem in the hospital,” an official of the hospital said. The official said the successive governments have shown no concern for up gradation of the hospital. “The hospital administration can’t do anything unless the government takes measures for its up gradation,” the official said. “Thousands of patients along with their relatives come to the hospital every day. The maintenance of toilets is a problem. We don’t have proper security available here, who could restrict the number of attendants.”
An official at the hospital’s said it caters patients from across the valley. “Due to opening of Mughal road, the patient rush has increased from Kishtwar and Doda districts. The bed strength is same what was in 1982,” he said.
However, he said the hospital provides all the required facilities to the patients.
“Some patients might have faced problems which we will look into,” he said.
He said they have already written to the Medical Corporation to send medicines many a times “but there has been no response so far”.
When asked about the shortage of drinking water, the official said, “We have installed water filters at different places, unfortunately sometimes water problem arises just because the attendants wash their heads near the filters.”
Going back to its history, the postgraduate Department of Orthopedics, was started in 1959. The Department of Orthopedics at that time was an extension of the main general surgery department. Prof. M.L.Gupta was the incharge head of department of Orthopedics. In 1970 the Orthopedic Department was separated from the department of general surgery. The Bone and Joint Hospital at Barzulla was then conceived by late Prof.Farooq Ashai. It was dedicated to public in 1982. It started as 150 bedded hospital. However, there has been no up-gradation over the years even its bed strength is still 150.

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