Out of 13 ventilators only 7 functional, patients on God’s mercy in GMC&H

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Nagender Jamwal 

Jammu Tawi, November 29:
In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Government Medical College and Hospitals (GMC&H) in Jammu are battling a severe shortage of the life support systems as out of 13 ventilator machines only seven are working while six are dysfunctional. If any mishappening would happen then who will responsible. Thousands of patients would have visited this hospital daily and several are referred to ICU but only with the seven functional ventilators how the hospital administration could manage this problem. The plight of hundreds of patients is in the hands of God’s mercy.
Several patients and attendants have approached Newspoint in this regard, and also convey their complain to higher officials in this regard but nothing has been done so far but when Newspoint took up this matter with Medical Superintendent GMC& H, Dr Romesh Gupta, he assured that the problem of ventilators would be solved within two days.
Talking to Newspoint, Medical Superintendent GMC&H, Dr Romesh Gupta agreed that from the last two days the hospital is suffering from this problem and hospital authorities are working for the repairing of dysfunctional ventilators and it will take only two days, the problem will be rectified. The problems being faced by the patients with the dysfunctional of some ventilators, Dr Gupta said, the process for repairing the dysfunctional ventilators are in progress and hospital authorities are managing the menace and very soon the problem would be fixed.
However, a medical ventilator (or simply ventilator in context) is a mechanical ventilator, a machine designed to move breathable air into and out of the lungs, to provide breathing for a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently.
For instance, Shivraj Gupta from Poonch first admitted his mother to a GMC hospital wherein doctors referred her to ICU ward but with the non availability of ventilator, he compelled to shifted her to private hospital wherein he spend lots of money. He appealed the government to repair ventilators as soon as possible.
Ismial Chowdhary from Rajouri said, “He has no extra money to shift his father to any private hospital but thanks God, when his turn has come, he received the last ventilator for his father.” Several others who did not get the machine, due to dysfunctional of some ventilators were forced to admit their patients in private hospital which received hefty money for treatment.
When contacted Dr Smriti Gulati, HoD Anesthesia, She said, “She is not the spokesperson and not to comment on this issue better to talk Dr Romesh Gupta, Medical Superintendent in this regard.”

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