CD hospital writes a letter to Principal GMC, expresses concern over shifting of Covid patients

Have send letter to lt. Governor and Financial Commissioner : Principal GMC

Yasmeen Manzoor

Srinagar, May 23(KNB): Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar have expressed concern over shifting of Covid-19 patients suffering from other various critical illness to Chest Disease(CD) hospital from SMHS and other associated hospitals.

In an open letter written to Principal/Dean Govt.Medical College Srinagar, Head of department Pulmonary Medicine  raising concern over the existing protocol to shift critically-ill patients who had tested positive for the virus and  seeks either a separate isolation in SMHS Hospital for patients requiring multispecialty care  efficient care of such patients or deputing specialists from every specialty to the CD Hospital to provide specialist care.

It is evident from the letter that the patients shifted to the CD hospital some of which have even died were not having any respiratory illnesses due to Covid-19.

The shifted patients include CVA- (Thrombotic stroke) shifted from department of Medicine, Acute Subdural Haematoma shifted from department of Neurosurgery, Thyroid Carcinoma stage 4 with Tracheostomy shifted from department of ENT, Post operative case of perforted appendix shifted from department of surgery, case of encephalitis with post partum psychosis shifted from department of Medicine, Case of progressive cognitive decline shifted from department of Medicine, Gluteal abscess shifted from department of plastic surgery.

While taking to Kashmir News Bureau on phone, HOD CD Hospital Dr Naveed said, “The letter which we had sent was not a complaint, or any mismanagement, CD hospital is designated as Covid hospital so we have to admit all the patients and we are doing so.”

He further added, “The only issue was that we were receiving Covid patients which were suffering from other serious ailments also and for that we were not having here specialists who will take care of their basic diseases and now that too has been rectified as surgeons and specialists visit the patients on daily basis.”

When Kashmir News Bureau contacted Dr Saima, Principal GMC Srinagar she said, “The issue has been already sorted out while I have got the feedback from all the HOD’s as well. I have made a letter out of it and send it to the Lieutenant Governor as well as to the Financial Commissioner.”(KNB)

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