Anantnag: The lone maternity and child care hospital in South Kashmir is facing a huge space crunch to handle the overwhelming number of patients every day.
Maternity and Childcare Hospital (MCH) Anantnag, apart from catering to patients from all the four districts of the region, receives patients from as far as Ramban and Chenab Valley.
Located in the congested Sherbagh locality, the hospital faces space crunch with hospital authorities placing beds in the corridors to accommodate the huge influx of patients.
MCH Anantnag is a regional hospital where, according to officials, more than 100 patients remain admitted in labour and surgical wards of the facility every night. At least five to six hundred patients visit the hospital Out Patient Department (OPD) every day.
“For such a huge rush, we have just two labour wards and four surgical wards besides an operation theatre,” an official said.
Officials said that the building from which the hospital is functioning at present has been already declared unsafe by the Fire and Services department.
“After the building was declared unsafe, the government planned to shift the hospital to District Hospital Anantnag. However, political influence forced authorities to revoke the order within 24 hours,” they added.
“Five years ago, the government decided to shift the hospital to Rehmat-e-Alam building belonging to a local trust in Sarnal area of the town. However, the hospital continues to work from the unsafe building facing a huge space crunch.”
The hospital also lacks other basic facilities like a proper heating system in the chilling winter.
MCH Medical Superintendent, Dr Mirji Andrabi, told KNO that shifting of the hospital is not in his domain. However, he acknowledged that patients suffer as the hospital is facing a space crunch.
“Due to the unsafe building, we are unable to enhance the facilities here. Spending money on the unsafe building will be a futile exercise,” Andrabi said.
Andrabi said owing to the fewer facilities with a huge rush of patients, most of the junior doctors resign within days after their joining.
“The higher-ups have been informed several times about the issues and hopefully, the hospital will be shifted in coming two to three months,” he said. (KNO)