Deadly Diagnosis

November 26, 2016 0 Comments EDITORIAL 214 Views
Deadly Diagnosis

While Kashmir is witnessing massive uprising from over four months with over 95 deaths on streets, government has been put to lot of challenges to deal with the ground zero situation. Politics can wait but not the health issues or the society concerns related to health. The hospitals across the Valley wore shabby look because they have been heavily busy over saving the lives of the people who would bring bullet ridden and pellet ridden bodies. The most worrying factor in this regard is that in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir a mushrooming growth of unregistered and illegal, deadly and diagnostic centers. According to reports after deep slumber and pressure from the civil society members, the Health authorities have finally woken up to the mushrooming of diagnostic centers in the summer capital by sealing three such labs which were operating without the basic registration. The authorities also issued warning to other diagnostic labs that were found to have lacunae as per the rules laid down for such centers. Team of health officials raided clinical establishments and sealed three diagnostic labs that it found were not registered with DHSK. The three labs, Life Line Clinical Lab near SMHS Hospital, Iqbal Clinical Lab near SMHS Hospital and Bismillah Clinic at Kak Sarai Karan Nagar. The centers were not registered with this department which is a pre-requisite under Clinical Establishment Act. Why don’t the officials pay the surprise visit and find out the illegal mushrooming growth of privative healthcare institutes running across the State. The former Health and Medical Education Minister, Ch Lal Singh had constituted a committee which was tasked to give a report of illegal and unregistered centres. The committee however failed to submit any final report on such hospitals. The officials provide such people with a deadline of a week or so for coming up clean with all the fixed criteria for registration, failing which “action under law’ would be initiated. However the mafia in healthcare sector continues to grow and the state government seems to be quite indifferent towards this issue. These centres and hospitals not only are charging hefty amounts for the consultation but are also involved in the misdiagnosis. The government, besides the civil society has a greater role in enunciating the norms and roles in the larger public interest. Authorities need to be proactive in tackling the menace of mushrooming diagnostic centers and private hospitals, clinical labs and nursing homes in the state.

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