COVID-19: Only 2 ventilators for 23 lakh people in north Kashmir
Baramulla, Mar 24: Comprising of a population of over 23 lakhs the northern belt of Kashmir has only two ventilators in Kupwara while Baramulla and Bandipora have zero ventilators at all despite having a full-fledged government medical college in Baramulla the medical practitioners aren’t equipped with necessary equipment and gadgets amid the mounting fear of novel coronavirus with a huge dearth of medical staff in almost all the health centers.
officials from all the three districts told Wire service—Kashmir news observer
(KNO), that Kupwara has only two ventilators while Baramulla and Bandipora
don’t have a single ventilator to combat the increasing threat of novel
Coronavirus with dearth of medical staff especially doctors.
As per the census
of 2011 Bandipora district in north Kashmir has a population of about four
lakhs but has no ventilator to combat the mounting threat of COVID-19 in the
district despite having huge population residing in offsite areas.
Officer (CMO) Bandipora Dr. Tajamul Islam told KNO that we don’t have any
ventilator in the entire district but we have in past sent requisition to
concerned deputy commissioner and director health services Kashmir (DHSK) but
so far nothing has been done in this regard.
He said that “in
past requisition was sent but no
ventilator was made available for Bandipora in the entire district, even if
there is shortage of doctors of anywhere
we immediately appoint a medical
Baramulla is one
of the most densely populated district with around 10 lakhs of people as per
the census, it has a government medical college (GMC) functioning for several
years now with number of students enrolled for different various medical
In Baramulla we
have dearth of doctors always but these dyas the medical staff including
doctors have started to overtime amid the ongoing quarantine period, even
doctors don’t leave back but remain on duty whole night, Dr. Deeba told—KNO.
She said that
“There is not a single ventilator at district hospital Baramulla not
even at any other sub district
hospital, many of the times issue was raised with the higher ups but there was
no proper response from them, there is a vehicle ventilator available with
us but that can be used only to
shift the patients during some medical
Kupwara one of
the most frontier district in Kashmir has a population of over 8.5 lakhs but
has only two ventilators with a huge population of masses living in offsite
areas even there are sectors those remain cut off from the main headquarter for
almost six month harsh winter season including Keran, Karnah, Machil and
Kupwara alone is
short of 120 doctors, and there are about 50 posts from National Rural Health
Mission (NRHM) lying vacant also across the district, Chief Medical Officer
Kupwara Dr. Ab Gani Dar said.
He said that “ we
have only two ventilators in the entire district at District hospital Handwara
while Kupwara headquarter has no ventilator at all there is one available with
us but that’s for kids only and that’s a portable ventilator”.
population of north Kashmir is gripped with the fear of Corona-virus that has
engulfed the whole globe including union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, people
in trying times are more concerned about the preparation of health department
as how prepared they are in absence of sufficient number of doctors,
paramedical staff and equipment especially arrangements and ventilators to
combat the COVID-19—(KNO)