he move of the administration to allow conversion of the 200-bedded maternity hospital and 300-bedded children hospital at Bemina into a full-fledged 500-bedded children hospital was appreciated some years ago. However, its inordinate delay in commissioning now can be detrimental for children in case they are affected by possible third wave. There is a lot of chaos at the GB Pant pediatric hospital at Sonwar and often it has been in news for having a higher mortality rate and other associated things. The coming up of a 500- bedded children’s hospital is a welcome move but the million dollar question is when? On the other hand, what is the administration doing for the rural hospitals? When are our district hospitals going to be fully equipped and sufficient manpower Shepherded there to ensure that even for normal cesarean surgeries patients are not referred to Srinagar? It is the greatest question that is staring at our healthcare system.
The wafer-thin premise of the administration that it has improved both the capacity as well as the quality of the services at Government Maternity Hospital LD can be nullified by a casual visit to the hospital. There one hears noises and noises. Everywhere there are general scenes of chaos and confusion and no one knows whom to approach. However, the hospital authorities can not be in total held responsible for this thing. The mess at the central maternity hospital is mainly because it is flooded with patients from the peripheral hospitals. We are a nation with a fast growing population. Srinagar would soon be officially a city of two million people. For this expanding metropolis having a sole maternity hospital may be enough but not for the valley population of around 8 million people. The government needs to improve the capacity and quality of the peripheral hospital. For that to happen, the administration must aggressively follow the policy of shepherding senior doctors to the district and sub-district hospitals of the valley that on one or other pretext refuse to serve there.