Opening markets and or closing them down is not a medicine for a viral disease like coronavirus. Authorities in the past six months in Jammu and Kashmir have been claiming that they have sufficient number of beds, medicines, PPE’s for doctors and ventilators to combat Covid-19 cases here.
With a huge number of cases being detected each day, the poor health system of Kashmir is showing all signs of crumbling down. According to the doctors people are also not adhering to the governments Covid protocol resulting in spread of virus in every direction. But doctors blame administration of lack of beds, shortage of medicine and ventilators in the Srinagar hospitals.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir is closely monitoring the situation and the government has released Rs 15 crore to SKIMS Soura, the main hospital of Kashmir. Director of SKIMS Dr. A.G Ahanger recently rattled Kashmir when he told a news agency, “community spread is reality in Kashmir and we shall learn to live with it”.
Several senior doctors in the recent past have told the media that very soon there would be huge confusion in the hospitals as they have no Covid beds and ventilators available for the patients.
Several hundred ventilators promised by this administration three months back have yet to reach Srinagar hospitals while on a daily basis about 500 fresh cases of coronavirus are being detected.
Doctors, though banned from talking to the media by the government, have been quoted on the condition of anonymity in various media outlets that they have been pleading the authorities for equipment, medicines, ventilator and more Covid beds. But the administration through tweets have been saying that all is well in Kashmir.