Short of oxygen supply, lone Srinagar hospital strives to stay afloat

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SRINAGAR: By the evening of September 8, every hospital in the valley, except one in Srinagar, was under water. Floods had not only submerged the medical facilities but cut off essential supplies to each medical facility. Only Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura worked through the catastrophe and continues to admit cases while accommodating patients and doctors from other hospitals.

Being the only functional hospital in Srinagar, SKIMS has been coping up with a three-fold increase in emergency patients and cases it did not have specialty in, in the face of dwindling oxygen and food supplies.

The Jhelum flooded the complexes of private and government hospitals on September 7. GB Pant, which specializes in neo-natal operations, Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, Government Medical College (GMC) and Kashmir’s lone maternity specialty hospital Lal Ded were all submerged by the evening of September 8.

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