As city’s all major hospitals are still submerged, a private hospital, Ahmad Hospital, on the outskirts, which managed to escape nature’s fury, has already carried out 110 free surgeries for patients from various corners of Srinagar.
The hospital had only 20 beds, but its corridors were modified into wards within hours and over 100 patients were accommodated. In absence of paramedical staff, local volunteers started helping hospital administration in carrying out surgeries.
The hospital has also opened an emergency OPD where doctors from neighbouring areas are attending to the patients. Some with major complications were shifted to SKIMS, the only functional hospital in the north of the city.
“Ours is a small nursing home. On Sunday when everything got submerged, patients with complications started turning up. We could not refuse them and started conducting surgeries with minimal resources,”’ Nisar Khanday, director of the hospital, told The Indian Express.
He added that in the absence of proper staff and paramedics, doctors from neighbouring areas came to the hospital and performed surgeries free of cost.
The hospital also opened a free medicine counter. “We have examined 100 patients since morning and given them free medicine,” said Dr Ejaz, posted in Ganderbal district and currently working in the hospital as a volunteer.
As the hospital faced dearth of surgical equipment, phone messages and Facebook helped arrange them from outside the state. Even volunteers from North Kashmir arranged blood pouches for the critically ill.
Dr Farheen and her husband were among the doctors who worked at the hospital. “My house is under water. We have lost three people in our family, but we are here to save others’ lives,” Dr Farheen said. She added that with minimal resources, they have been able to treat critical patients. “We are working under grave situation and are short of resources. Still we are trying our best,” she said.
Many patients were ferried in wooden boats to the hospital and everyone who reached there survived.
“When I left home, I felt that neither me nor my baby will survive, but doctors here saved us,” said Tasleema. “I lost everything in the flood, but my child got saved. This is the only consolation for me and my family,” she added.