By: Jahangeer Ganaie
Srinagar: In Kashmir, of 348 beds designated as COVID ICU beds, around 165 beds have been already occupied.
A top health official said while 183 COVID ICU beds are still vacant in Kashmir division but the main four territary care hospitals in Srinagar have just three ICU beds vacant.
“With each passing day, more and more ICU beds are being occupied and if the steep surge of the Covid-19 positive patients continues it seems very soon we will struggle to find a life-support bed for sick patients,” an official said.
An official said four level three tertiary care hospitals of Srinagar which includes SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina, SMHS Srinagar and Chest disease hospital have just three ICU beds available.
An official said that at SKIMS Soura 300 beds including 292 isolation and eight ICU beds have been reserved for Covid patients and among them 289 isolation and six ICU beds are already full.
At SMHS, an official said, there are 203 beds kept for Covid patients which includes 192 isolation beds and 11 COVID ICU beds and among them 174 isolation beds and 10 ICU beds are already full while there is a vacancy of 18 isolation and one ICU bed.
“At SKIMS Bemina, out of 170 beds which includes 166 isolation and four ICU beds, 76 isolation beds and all four ICU beds are full,” an official said.
“At CD hospital of 94 total bed capacity 77 are isolation beds and four are ICU beds. All ICU beds are full, however, three isolation beds are available,” an official said.
An official at JLNM Hospital out of 150 including 139 isolation and 11 ICU beds, 30 Isolation and 8 ICU beds are vacant.
“Besides that at PHC Chanapora 20 isolation beds and 04 ICU beds are available,” an official said.
The ICU beds which are vacant in Kashmir so far include four at SDH Sopore, seven at Trauma Hospital Bijbehara, six at district Hospital Bandipora, 10 at MCH wing Kulgam, four at AMT School Shopian, 10 at District hospital Pulwama, 12 at District hospital Gandebal and 08 at CHC Kupwara.
In Kashmir division out of 3,817 isolation beds 2,054 beds are full and 1580 are vacant. Among 348 isolation beds 165 beds are full and 183 are vacant.
Pertinently, there are 24,000 active positive cases in Kashmir division—(KNO)