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Covid-19 spike: Amid Govt’s focus to deal positive patients, non-Covid patients in J&K suffer

A health worker collects swab samples for COVID-19 tests in Jammu -The Dispatch
A health worker collects swab samples for COVID-19 tests in Jammu -The Dispatch

Authorities must devise an alternative policy for non-Covid patients: Doctors

SRINAGAR, May 26Designating all main hospitals as Covid dedicated hospitals amid the steep surge in Covid-19 cases, non Covid patients across Jammu and Kashmir have been suffering to get the treatment.

People from different areas of J&K said they are unable to get treatment as OPD’s across J&K hospitals have been closed on the directions of the government.

“When all the main hospitals have been designated as Covid dedicated hospitals and OPDs have been closed then what is the option available for non-Covid patients to get the treatment,” they said.

Zamdoora, a pregnant lady from Anantnag said that she is unable to visit for monthly check up to MCCH Anantnag as she belongs to a poor family and has no option to reach there in absence of public transport.

She said that the government should at least depute one senior gynecologist once a week at CHCs/PHCs so that local pregnant ladies can come for check-ups there without facing any hurdles.

Abdul Khaliq, a resident of Pulwama, said that though OPDs have been closed but even for medical emergencies, patients have to suffer as first they have to go through Covid test along with their attendants.

“Only influential people are getting treatment presently and poor people have to move from pillar to post to get the treatment,” he told news agency–Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

Doctors from various hospitals on condition of anonymity have acknowledged that non Covid patients are suffering as all attention is being given to Covid-19.

Doctors said that the government should have designated only two tertiary care hospitals fully for Covid as around 2,000 patients are admitted in J&K.

“The two hospitals will have a capacity of over 2000 beds and the rest of the hospitals should have been kept for non-Covid patients,” they said.

They added that due to closing of OPDs various diseases including cancer aren’t being detected on time in many patients which later proves fatal.

Doctors said that a patient comes to OPD with headache or stomach ache, however, while going through tests it is found the patient is suffering from cancer, tumor or other deadly diseases.

“Patients suffering from hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, kidney diseases besides other issues are suffering as the main focus of the healthcare services is being given to the pandemic only,” they said. “There is no doubt that Covid is an emergency but the government must make a strategy for management of non-Covid patients as early detection of every disease is necessary.”

People across J&K have also appealed to authorities to look into the matter and take immediate steps in this regard so that non Covid patients won’t suffer and get treatment on time—(KNO)


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