Srinagar March 30: Authorities have left suspected coronavirus people and their families in a lurch due to non-coordination between concerned health officers.
On Monday, many suspected cases of coronavirus were brought to SKIMS Soura in ambulances from Ganderbal and other areas.
However, these people were waiting whole day to get admitted there.
“After bringing here, we are told they can’t admit us here. We don’t know where to go. We are being treated as dogs here,” a resident of Lar Ganderbal told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over phone.
“We even tried to approach the police but were not allowed by hospital administration. Nobody is listening to us. We have been left to the mercy of God,” a resident of Zakoora said.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, Dr Farooq Jan said SKIMS was receiving a lot of patients for isolation.
“We are sending them to Health Services Department. We are trying to create a space then will take them back. We already have more than 100 patients in isolation. We have space here but can’t convert this tertiary care hospital into COVID-19 hospital. Government has already designated CD Hospital, JLNM Hospital and JVC Bemina as COVID hospitals and these people should be taken there,” Farooq told KINS.
He said SKIMS would receive only complicated COVID patients. “We can’t take people for quarantine here. People have to understand difference between SKIMS and a hotel. We have to treat other patients also. We are following guidelines of the government,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Srinagar told KINS that she was facilitating the things for coronavirus suspect people.
“I am following directives of higher authorities. You better talk to Dr Waseem, who is divisional coordinator,” she said.
Surprisingly, Dr Waseem’s mobile was switched off.(KINS)