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Healthcare infra starts to crumble as COVID cases surge in Kashmir

Srinagar: Healthcare infrastructure in Kashmir is fast crumbling amid a surge in the COVID 19 cases across the valley. To cater to the high patient load, SMHS hospital has designated several wards for COVID positive patients. Nodal Officer Government Medical College, Dr Salim Khan said the designated COVID Hospitals in the valley are brimming with positive patients. “The capacity of Chest Diseases Hospital is already exhausted. Besides, the inflow of patients in the designated isolation ward of SMHS Hospital has also increased beyond capacity. The same is the case with SKIMS and JLNM. Therefore, the hospital decided to augment the COVID facility at SMHS,” he said. Dr Khan noted that COVID positive patients, who require a surgery or a surgical follow-up, will not be shifted to a COVID hospital henceforth. “Also, the patients who are co-morbid and require medical intervention will be placed in these designated wards. This way, they...