• Hospital administrators reveal tragic details of wanton use of force
Srinagar, July 11(Manzoor-ul-Hassan):Hospitals across Kashmir valley continued to receive injured civilians with the overall tally crossing 1500 by Monday evening.
While more than 260 critically injured persons were treated at SKIMS Soura and SMHS Hospital, over 1200 injured were managed by the doctors in different district and sub-district hospitals of the valley, officials revealed to Rising Kashmir.
“It has been a calm day in District Hospital Pulwama,” said Medical Superintendent Dr Rashid Para as his voice break with exhaustion from just a few hours of sleep since July 9.
However, as he began narrating the happenings of last two days at the hospital, painful details came to fore.
“It is a dance of death as we receive people in critical condition- with broken legs, ruptured abdomen and many with serious head and eye injuries. It is a real testing time for all of us,” Dr Rashid told Rising Kashmir.
“My heart really cried when I saw few policemen throwing a blood soaked body of youth from a gypsy at the hospital doorstep. The youth was already dead as his abdomen was busted due to bullet injury. His identity and residence was not known to anyone. Then a local ‘Baitul Mal’ helped us send his body to his home in Mohanpora Shopian,” he said.
Dr Para said the district hospital received more than 80 injured persons since July 9 and most of them had firearm and pellet injuries above the waist.
“Many of them were in a real bad situation as they needed life support. Some of them were sent to Srinagar hospitals,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Pulwama, Dr Fayaz Ahmad said the hospitals of the district admitted over 400 injured persons since July 9 with 29 critical bullet injuries above the waist.
“Among the 401 injured persons received till 6pm on July 11, 29 had bullet injuries, 200 had pellet injuries while 182 people injured due to torture, stone pelting or accident,” he said.
He said we referred some 80 patients to SMHS hospital and SKIMS and 4 to Bone and Joint Hospital as their condition were very critical.
“One person was brought dead to CHC Rajpora. He was from Kegam village,” the CMO said.
Dr Fayaz said the doctors managed the injured in SDH Pampore, SDH Tral, CHC Rajpora, PHC Tahab besides District Hospital Pulwama.
The condition was even worst in the hospitals of District Anantnag where the doctors had to manage over 450 injured persons, most of them with firearm injuries, as per CMO Anantnag, Dr Fazil Ali.
Medical Superintendent District Hospital Anantnag, Dr Majid Mirab, told Rising Kashmir that they treated over 120 injured in the hospital including 26 with bullet injuries in the abdomen, limbs and head.
“We referred some of the critical to SMHS and SKIMS while six were reported brought dead to different hospitals of the district,” he said.
On Monday, the medical staff had to face the brunt of angry Police and CRPF personnel who allegedly vandalized the Sub-district hospital Bijbehara.
“This afternoon there was a firing incident at the nearby Jamia Masjid in which protesters were injured, two of them critical. While we were managing the injured, Police and CRPF barged into the hospital. They beat the hospital staff and damaged the hospital property. We have reported the incident to DC Anantnag,” Medical Superintendant of the Hospital,” Dr Showkat Hussain told Rising Kashmir over phone from Bijbehara.
He said they referred the two critical youth to SKIMS as they needed specialized treatment
According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Baramulla, Dr Bashir Chalkoo nearly 100 people are currently being treated in the three main hospitals, District Hospital Baramulla, SDH Sopore and CHC Kreeri.
“They have received bullet and pellet injuries during the clashes and were admitted to the hospital for treatment,” he said.
According to health officials in Budgam, 25 injured people were treated in the hospitals of the district.
Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary told Rising Kashmir that they received 14 injured on Monday which took the toll of injured persons to 205 since Friday.
According to Dr Farooq A Jan, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Soura. 56 injured were admitted to the hospital since Friday evening while three among them lost their lives.
Doctors at Bone and Joint Hospital said they admitted nearly 50 patients with grave limb fractures.
“Some of them had serious nerve injuries which was difficult to manage,” said Medical Superintendent, Dr Rashid Badoo.
Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir has established 24X7 helpline following the declaration of medical emergency in Kashmir.
“In case of any medical emergency or assistance Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) has upgraded the night shift helpline service numbers for the general public and will be functional from 8 pm tonight to 8 am in the morning every day.
“People can contact the following numbers for the same Dr S M Qadri : 9419010363, Dr Rehana Kausar : 9858001121, Dr Ijtaba Shafi : 9419070388, Dr Zahid Nasti : 9419925888, Zahoor Ragi : 9419066748, Mukhtyar : 9419711737, Saleem : 9858312147,” DHSK spokesperson said in a statement.
He said all the numbers were working and callers can enquire about health care facilities and will be facilitated regarding their queries.
Courtesy: Rising Kashmir