A COVID-19 designated hospital in Srinagar has asked other medical institutions in Jammu and Kashmir not to refer critically ill patients to it using their coronavirus results as an excuse.
The Chest Disease hospital, which is COVID-19 designated hospital in Kashmir, has written to the Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, that COVID-19 positive patients were being shifted to it without any of them having the respiratory problem.
Giving details of seven patients, the letter emphasises they died in the hospital but had no respiratory illness. The letter insists that either a separate unit be created at the Government Medical College for patients requiring multi-speciality care or concerned faculty be deputed to the COVID-19 designated hospital for efficient care of such patients.
“In a case of a patient having brain haemorrhage and unfortunately he has also tested positive for the coronavirus, he is shifted to the COVID-19 designated hospital. What will a pulmonologist be doing with a patient of haemorrhage. It is an issue of special treatment,” says a doctor pleading anonymity.
The letter gives details of seven people who died in the hospital but were having different diseases like thrombotic stroke, acute subdural hematoma, thyroid carcinomas stage 4, post-operative perforated appendix, a case of encephalitis, a case of cognitive decline and a case of gluteal abscess.
Until Thursday, there were 1,449 COVID-19 positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir. The union territory has tested 1,07,108 people and 1,05,659 samples have tested negative.
Around 20 people have died due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and around 18 have died in the Valley.