COVID-19: Srinagar hospitals ‘breath free’ as patient rush goes down by 60 per cent

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50% beds at Sgr’s prominent hospitals lie vacant, say officials; Docs, Paramedics feel relaxed, hope things improve further

Srinagar, Jun 21 : As the positivity and mortality rate goes considerably down in Kashmir, main hospitals in Srinagar are almost back to normal business as 50 per cent beds that otherwise were occupied with Covid patients till June first week are now lying vacant.

After two months, the doctors as well as the paramedical staff dealing with the Covid patients at different hospitals here in Srinagar are heaving a sigh of relief as the number of patients being admitted on a regular basis have declined by nearly 60 per cent, the officials said.

Medical Superintendent at JVC Hospital (SKIMS Bemina), Dr Shifa Deva told the news agency that the flow of patients at the hospital has declined to a large extent and there are more than 50 per cent beds that are lying vacant at present.

Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent at Chest Diseases (CD) hospital also admitted the decline in the admissions of Covid patients at the hospital, saying that at present there is 50 per cent bed occupancy against 100 per cent in April and May.

A senior medico at SMHS stated that as against 30-40 patients, the hospital is receiving nearly 10 patients on a regular basis from the past couple of days. “The flow of patients has declined by almost 60 per cent at SMHS and 50 per cent beds are also lying vacant,” he said.

At SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), the officials also confirmed the decline in the Covid patients being admitted on a regular basis. “The flow of patients is linked with the number of cases being recorded on a daily basis. As the figure of positive cases is on decline, the flow too has reduced by nearly 50 per cent at the institute,” he said.

Meanwhile, the health workers and paramedical staff while talking to KNO said that there was a huge burden on them in the past two months as the number of cases being admitted at the hospitals were rising with each passing day.

However, they said that the reduction in the number of admissions is giving them a sigh of relief, but appealed to people to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in letter and spirit.

“There is a possibility of Covid third wave and it is people only who can prevent it by following SOPs. We are here to serve the people by treating patients, but they should also serve the society by following all Covid protocols to prevent the third wave,” the health workers said, hoping that things improve further and third wave stays away from Kashmir if it arrives God forbid

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