Due to no available ventilator, woman dies in SKIMS Hospital, Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, May 15: A woman from Chanapora in city outskirts died at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura here for want of a ventilator, her relatives said on Saturday.

The relatives of the deceased woman namely Tasleema Shah (48), wife of Nisar Ahmad Shah, resident of Friends Colony Chanapora, told a local daily that the she fell unconscious after her mother-in-law, who was also her aunt, died on Thursday evening.

Admitting delay in providing ventilator, SKIMS Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Jan told GNS that there is some shortage of ventilators “because the hospital sees rush of patients from across the Kashmir”.

“It is true that there was a delay. Though we have adequate number of ventilators but sometimes due to rush of patients we fell short of these ventilators. Also, we cannot ask patient to leave the ventilator for another,” he said.

Dr Farooq also admitted that there is shortage of technical staff for ICUs, saying: “We don’t have adequate resources and we operate according to Indian standard.” With regard to ABG test, he contested the claim of deceased woman’s relative and also feigned ignorance about the manhandling.

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