State Health Minister Taj Mohi-u-Din Thursday blamed patients for not visiting hospitals. He said all the three major hospitals of Kashmir Valley are functional but attendants are reluctant to admit the patients in these hospitals.
“Doctors are ready to take care of patients but patients are leaving the hospitals without informing the hospital administration,” Taj Mohi-u-Din told a local news agency, CNS adding that the Ministry has sanctioned Rs 9 crores from SDRF to purchase some vital hospital equipments.
He said that the floods have taken a heavy toll on the state-of-art hospital buildings and sophisticated medical equipment and losses are estimated to be over Rs 240 crores. “We have sanctioned Rs 9 crores to purchase city scan machines and Blood Bank equipments. All the hospitals have been sanitized and we have directed the district hospitals to refer patients to Srinagar hospitals,” he said adding that it is a wrong notion that major hospitals are still non-functional.
The Health Minister also said that his department did a commendable job during the deluge and any criticism would be unfair. “We supplied 35 lakh Chlorine tablets while the vaccination figure crossed 8 lakh. The outbreak of epidemics is out of question as Health Department has taken all the precautions and measures to save people from getting infected,” he said.
He added that Ministry have decided to house all the vital and costly equipments of all the hospitals on the top floor. “This flood has taught us a lesson and we will surely rectify whatever mistakes we have committed in the past,” he said.