Family rues ‘poor’ healthcare in JK
Srinagar, Aug 26: Rumi Rehman Dar, resident of Surtaing Rainawari, who was suffering from chronic liver disease, is no more. She passed away this morning after complaining severe pain in her body.
According to family, they took her to the SMHS hospital where doctors treated her for the pain and was discharged immediately. “Her pain didn’t subside till we reached our home. She breathed her last in her sister’s lap,” said Aadil Ahmad, Rumi’s elder brother.
“There is a lot of mess as far as the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. People die because they don’t proper treatment,” he alleged.
“Rumi was suffering from liver disease since she was 12 years old but after a treatment of over 12 years, the doctors have said that her condition has deteriorated and she needs a liver transplant,” said Irfan Ahmad, the youngest of the four siblings.
With her death, people have started questioning the ailing healthcare of Jammu and Kashmir as the treatment she was undergoing cost her Rs 15 to 20 lakhs and the family wasn’t in a condition to bear the costs.
The family had appealed the public to help and some philanthropists had come forward to help her. However no help came from the government despite former Chief Minister late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had announced corpus fund in SKIMS chest for such chronic patients.
Liver transplant surgeries are not performed in the State, while as its treatment also remains far from the perfection.
“Rumi was to be operated in New Delhi soon. Government must do something soon to avoid further loss of life due to non-availability of quality healthcare,” he said.
Irfan said that their father did everything to save he daughter.
“He is jobless from last 25 years now. He was working in Gaziabad in a pharmaceutical factory but then Babri Masjid issue escalated and preferred home. Since then he is suffering from Asthma,” said Irfan who is working as a laborer.
His eldest brother is a carpenter but he and another brother, are suffering from severe psychiatric ailments. Irfan and one of his sister’s (working at a glass factory) are working presently to run the family.
The deceased Rumi was diagnosed with of CTP Class C with MELD score 27, portal hypertension, Ascites and recurrent SBP. The patient was registered at government medical college, Srinagar under MRD no. Gas/Hep/17/84/MC dated 11.2.2017. (KNS)