One hospital serving 70 lakh people In Kashmir

Posted : September 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm IST by ManaTeluguMovies


The worst floods and rain ravaged Jammu and Kashmir valley has today only one hospital to serve over 70 lakh people, a mirror to gravity of damage done to healthcare,. telecom, transport and livelihood infrastructure in the fortnight long deluge.

The Shri Maharaja Hari Singh or SMHS hospital a super specialty hospital in Srinagar is one of the many buildings in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital that has been left in ruins by the recent floods. Almost all of the hospital’s specialized medical equipment — MRI systems, four X-ray machines, ECG machines among others – has been severely damaged. Scores of hospital beds lie in various states of disrepair outside.

Medical services across Kashmir, which witnessed its worst flood in nearly a century, are still crippled, and the nearly 70 lakh locals seem to have little option when it comes to seeking medical succor. They are now entirely dependent on the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences or SKIMS hospital, a tertiary-care medical facility at Soura in Srinagar.