Shifting of COVID-19 positive patients with allied aliments to CD hospital triggers row

Shifting of COVID-19 positive patients with allied aliments to CD hospital triggers row

Yasmeen Manzoor
Srinagar, May 23: Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar has expressed concern over shifting of COVID-19 positive patients suffering from other various critical illnesses to Chest Disease(CD) hospital from SMHS and other associated hospitals.
In an letter written to Principal/Dean Government Medical College Srinagar, Head of Department Pulmonary Medicine has raised concern over the existing protocol to shift critically-ill patients who test positive for the virus . He has sought and separate isolation ward for them at SMHS Hospital as they require multispecialty care and specialists. He has stated that otherwise government should depute specialists from every specialty to the CD Hospital to provide specialist care to these patients.
It is evident from the letter that the patients who were shifted to the CD hospital have not died due to COVID as they had no respiratory illnesses.

The letter states that the shifted patients include CVA- (Thrombotic stroke) from department of Medicine, Acute Subdural Haematoma shifted from department of Neurosurgery, Thyroid Carcinoma stage 4 with Tracheostomy from department of ENT, Post operative case of perforated appendix shifted from department of surgery, case of encephalitis with postpartum psychosis shifted from department of Medicine, case of progressive cognitive decline shifted from department of Medicine, Gluteal abscess shifted from department of plastic surgery.
When contacted Dr Saima, Principal GMC Srinagar, she said, “The issue has been already sorted out. I have got the feedback from all the HODs as well. I have written a letter and it would be sent to the Lieutenant Governor and Financial Commissioner.” (KNB)