By: Afaq Bhat
Srinagar: The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) deciding to set up 500 bedded COVID-19 hospitals one each in Jammu and Srinagar could prove to be of a great help to the patients in distress.
The preparations to set up these temporary hospitals have already commenced and these facilities will be in place soon. “These hospitals could have been set up before the second wave of COVID-19 engulfed J&K as the subsiding of the first wave had provided ample time to the administration to remain prepared. Since the second COVID-19 wave has hit J&K, administration has pulled up its socks and the helmsmen are trying their best to control the situation. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is monitoring the situation and is taking the feedback regularly from the officials managing the affairs. The LG is leading from the front.”
Recently the government issued an order asking the senior doctors to take frontline as at present the young doctors are managing the entire show. They are overburdened and stressed out but have no other choice. “These young doctors are caught in a war-like situation as the rush of patients seems never ending. Despite all odds doctors and paramedics are trying their best to save the precious human lives,” said an analyst.
He said that the hospitals being set up by the DRDO in Jammu and Kashmir regions will help in reducing the rush in tertiary care hospitals across both the divisions. The government has already started recruitment for these hospitals on a temporary basis and once these hospitals start functioning these will support the major health institutions across J&K. “The COVID-19 pandemic has not spared any country. India has been worst hit due to its dense population and the virus entering into the community. The only way to fight the pestilence is to develop herd immunity and they can be achieved through vaccination only,” the analyst added.
Another expert told Precious Kashmir that the prediction of a third wave has already sent alarm bells ringing. “The hospitals being set up by the DRDO can come handy in case the situation worsens. The government should also set up more temporary facilities with the beds that are equipped with the oxygen cylinders. More ventilators need to be procured till the world finds a medicine to treat the virus. Permanent cure can take time, till then people have to fight this disease with the available resources,” he added.