Tuesday, 1 May 2012

1600 New cases, only 10 beds, 1 toilet - J&K Health Facilities

"The patients suffering from cancer require extra care but due to absence of basic amenities/facilities (trained nursing staff, infrastructure) in the department (Oncology, Govt. Medical College Hospital, Jammu), they are forced to go elsewhere for treatment." 
                                             ---- A Doctor in Oncology Dept.

1600 new cases of cancer are registered in the Jammu region every year, the Oncology Department of the Govt. Medical College Hospital, Jammu (the only major hospital in Jammu) offers just 10 beds to the patients in the name of basic facilities.

The patients, who come for Radiotherapy, are forced to share beds and the department lacks the specialized nursing staff.  The department has just two nurses who have gained knowledge with experience.

As reported by The Tribune, dated- 30th April 2012, Hygiene is a casualty in the department as a single bathroom is used both by male and female patients.

As one enters the oncology and the radiotherapy departments of the hospital, leaking water from the roof and stench from the public utilities greet the visitors.

What is more shameful is pointed out by the Committee of Estimates in its 42nd report tabled in the J&K state Assembly- non-utilisation of Rs.300 Crore (USD 60 million approx) meant for the purchase of linear accelerator required for the treatment of cancer.

Last and the most shameful part- R S Chib, Minister of Medical and Technical Education said,"I am not aware of the lack of facilities in the Oncology Department of the GMCH".

It must be noted that Congress contributes the most corrupt ministers in Omar Govt and they head the most sanctimonious fields of Education and Health. The Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is from Jammu but Health Minister Sham Lal belongs to the Saif-ud-din Soz faction of the J&K State Congress, who are opponents to Azad.

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