Snow fury: Patient inflow to hospitals drops by 10%
Srinagar, Nov 10:
Shedding snowflakes off his tweed pheran, 32-year-old Zubair Ahmad heaves a
sigh of relief, as he enters the gates of SMHS hospital, Srinagar.
south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Zubair’s tryst with valley’s first snowfall
began on a sad note. His mother developed a searing pain in the stomach on the
night of November 7, when all the arterial roads were covered with thick layers
“Last week, my
mother underwent gall bladder surgery. She was doing well until the night of
November 7 when she suddenly complained of pain in her stomach. Despite our best
efforts, my family members couldn’t ferry her to the hospital. The snow
accumulated on the roads made the commute impossible,” he said.
Zubair pleaded before several Sumo cab drivers to ferry his mother to the
hospital, but it too turned out to be another herculean task.
remained covered with snow next day as well. All the drivers that I approached
refused to undertake the journey. It was after a lot of persuasion that one of
the drivers finally agreed but he charged Rs 1700,” he says.
40-year-old Mehraj-ud-din from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district suffered in
equal measure due to heavy snowfall. His
sister’s surgery scheduled on November 8 got deferred as she was unable to
reach the hospital.
“A lot of trees
were uprooted outside our home. Besides, the snow clearance of roads was yet to
start from our side. As a result, I was unable to take my sister to the
hospital,” Mehraj narrates.
It was on the
afternoon of November 9 that he finally managed to reach the hospital. “After a lot of haggling, the Sumo driver
settled at Rs 1200 to drop us at SMHS hospital.” he says.
On November 8,
the unprecedented snowfall, one of the heaviest in recent years left a trail of
death and destruction. More than nine people were killed and property worth 100
crore rupees got damaged due to the snowfall.
hospitals in the valley also witnessed a decreased patient inflow.
An official at
the Government Super-Specialty hospital, Srinagar said only 30-40 percent
patients have visited the hospital for last three days.
especially the ones who had to come from peripheral hospitals as referrals
faced a lot of inconvenience. The administration has shown a lackadaisical
approach in dealing with the snow crisis,” he said wishing not be named.
Superintendent, SMHS Hospital Dr Nazir Chowdhary admitted that the patient
inflow has dropped. “There has been 10 percent decline in patient inflow for
the last three days,” Chowdhary said.
of SKIMS, Farooq Jan said: “We were fully geared up to deal with the crisis.
However, patient inflow decreased by 10 percent since Wednesday.”