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Srinagar: Amid spike in the COVID-19 cases, major hospitals here are feeling the pressure with Medical Superintendents of these hospitals stating that the situation at their respective hospitals is quite challenging at present.

Authorities at a few hospitals here have also written to the concerned top officials, seeking more beds and ventilators amid the huge patient influx at their hospitals.

Medical Superintendent at SKIMS Medical College Bemina, Dr Shifa Deva said the situation at the hospital is very challenging.

Saying that the patient influx is very high, Dr Deva said that “we are facing difficulties in matching the patient load with our infrastructure and logistics. We are trying to cope up.”

She added that the patient inflow is creating confusion, adding that it would take some time to tackle the situation. “The main reason behind such a situation is that patients usually report very late to the hospital – usually at time when their oxygen saturation is extremely low,” she said.

She also said that they have written to the government about requirements to enhance the infrastructure at the hospital.

HoD Chest Diseases hospital, Dr Naveed Nazir said that at present, ICUs as well as other beds are fully occupied at the hospital. He added that there are 70 ventilators at the hospital and all are occupied.

“As the situation is worsening, the people need to take proper care and follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in letter and spirit,” he said, adding that the people should also get vaccinated.

“I appeal to the youth not to believe in hearsays and get themselves vaccinated,” he said.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said that so far the situation at SKIMS is under control, but there is a need to keep things under control in the society.

“Any health structure can fall short if the cases start rising within the society. Thus, the society has the responsibility to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines in letter and spirit. The situation in Delhi is an example as it has much more medical facilities than in J&K,” he said.

He appealed to people to adhere to the guidelines and avoid gatherings, follow SOPs, saying that the things are in the hands of the people.

“The situation is under control, but it is worsening with each passing day,” he said, adding that the people must consult the doctors at appropriate time for their treatment.

Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir Choudhary said that the patient load has been increasing with each passing day and the situation with regard to the pandemic is worsening.

He however added that as of now the required medicines and oxygen is available at the hospital. (With inputs from KNO)

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