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Amid Covid-19 resurgence, SMHS Hospital shuts OPD indefinitely

Amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in the summer capital Srinagar has decided to stop the Out-Patient Department.

The Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, chaired a meeting on Thursday regarding the preparedness of SMHS hospital to deal with coronavirus resurgence.

The meeting was attended by Dr Masood Tanvir Professor and HOD medicine, Dr Rouf Ahmad Professor and head ENT, Dr Tariq Qureshi Professor and Head Ophthalmology, Dr Ruksana Najeeb Professor and Head anesthesiology, Dr Iffat Hassan Shah Professor and Head Dermatology, Dr Sajjad Ahmad Dar professor and Head Radiology, Dr Mufti Mehmood Professor and Head Surgery, Dr Sonaullah Kuchay Professor and head Radiation Oncology, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah Professor and Head Chest Disease and Dr Nazir H Chowdhary Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital.

In the meeting, it was decided that Ward number 02, 03, 3A, 04, 18, 19, 20, isolation/drug De-Addiction Centre, paid rooms, MICU, SICU, w-17 and disaster management ward shall be designated as Covid-19 wards.

“Ward number 01 shall function exclusively for ENT department, besides, ENT department shall carry out surgeries on their designated Operation Theatre. Ward number 08 comprising 36 beds shall be operated by Medicine (30 beds) as non-COVID ward and Dermatology (06 beds) jointly as rush increases,” the order issued in this regard reads.

In the meeting, it has been further decided to stop the operation of OPDs, adding that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained. Furthermore, the patient load vis-à-vis duty roaster of doctors and paramecia staff should be regulated and rationalized, the meeting said.

Meanwhile, Dr Nazir Chowdhary said that 203 beds have been designated for Covid-19 beds at the hospital. He said that the rush of patients has been increasing with each passing day, saying that nearly 30 patients are being admitted to the hospital on a regular basis.

He added that an adequate supply of oxygen and other related things are available at the hospital at present.

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