Notwithstanding the pathetic condition of Kashmir’s Lone children Hospital, Govt Children Hospital Srinagar, Bemina, Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Forum has demanded adequate staff and infrastructure for the said hospital to meet the patientcare. In a statement issued here, JKCSF Chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani has taken a dig on the govt for ignoring the upgradation of the hospital with respect to the sufficiency of staff and the infrastructure.

The statement said that it was a good and appreciable step to shift and upgrade the erstwhile GB Pant Children Hospital from Sonwar to Bemina and to upgrade it from 200 bed capacity to 500, However, the upgradation is not keeping pace with the sufficiency of staff of doctors and paramedics that ought to be in a 500 bed children hospital. Neither there is enough nor up to date infrastructure.

“One wonders that a 500 bed children’s hospital does not possess an MRI Machine neither a CT Scan unit. The ventilators too are insufficient and hospital does not have a pharmacy too!” Said Wani

JKCSF said that it has learnt that even though the hospital is now of 500 bed capacity but the budget allocation this year was only of the old pattern that is of 200 bed capacity.

Society has urged the LG Administration to look into this grim concern keeping in view the bitter experience of GB Pant Hospital where few years back scores of children died due to poor healthcare. Thehospital needs priority attention of the govt and health department for upgradation of staff, adequate number of doctors, paramedics, infrastructure especially an MRI Machine, CT Scan, Pharmacy, and a foot-over bridge on bypass to cross the road.

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