These are tough times. Tough times for everyone. Covid-19 is wreaking havoc throughout the south Asia and Kashmir is no exception.
The recent video of Prime time TV discussion panelist and journalist Rameez Makhdoomi in which he decried the apathy met out to his mother is heart wrenching to say the least. One can understand that what a young man whose mother died due to Covid-19 must be going through when he is made to wait four hours outside the gates of hospital for the dead body. After several media outlets reported the issue, the authorities at SKIMS refuted the claims of media and urged journalists to cover and report ongoing Covid-19 crisis sensibly—assuring that a robust mechanism was in place at the tertiary-level healthcare institute to deal with the Pandemic.
There also appears to be a case that there is a communication gap between hospital administration. The doctors it appears lap down every direction without raising a genuine voice or concern where it is due. It is the foremost duty of the doctor community to convey their disagreements about certain protocols which the state bureaucracy wants them to follow. The state administration needs to rope in NGO members and helpful enthusiasts to help bury the dead with dignity. By simply giving away the dead body in a polythene bag state administration can not free itself of the responsibility.
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The doctor community and the state bureaucracy need to collaborate with each other and push their differences aside for a broader cooperation which can benefit population in general and patients in particular .
We hope the things change and change very soon. Saving lives and burying the dead with dignity should be on top of the priorities.