What’s wrong with healthsystem?

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The unfortunate death of an injured soldier, followed by allegations from his family regarding lack of proper health care triggers volley of questions over the functioning of the health system in the state.
The young Border Security Forces (BSF) soldier Gurnam Singh after being hit by sniper shot from Pakistan was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) for medical treatment, but after fighting for some hours, he succumbed and became the first soldier from Jammu and Kashmir to die since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
He was injured when Pakistani snipers targeted his post in Bobiya area in Kathua district on the International Border. He had been instrumental in foiling a major infiltration bid along the International Border a day earlier, when Pakistani rangers, according to the BSF sources, were trying to give fire cover to a group of militants trying to enter the Indian Territory. Injured soldier was shifted to premier hospital of the region, wherein senior doctors tried to provide him better care, but could not save him, as something is still wrong with the health system in the state and doctors are yet to rectify the faults.
The family of the deceased soldier alleged that he was not given proper treatment, despite being critically injured. This makes some sense, that despite having head injury, the authorities did not shift the soldier for treatment to a neurological facility outside the state.
These allegations are not being hurled in vacuum, there must be some deficiency in the state’s health system, which forced family in gloom to claim that proper treatment was not provided. In case there had been proper and adequate health infrastructure at GMC and allied hospitals, the young soldier would have been alive.
In absence of any quality hospital in the state, especially to tackle emergency cases, the family members of the martyr soldier insisted that a super specialty hospital should be built exclusively for the injured soldiers so that whenever incidents like these happen they can get the best treatment. The family also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a hospital for the BSF soldiers. The state as well as central government has to contemplate over strengthening health system of the state, keeping in mind the critical nature of the region. More should be invested in health infrastructure and a team of senior doctors should be instructed to stay at hospitals during night hours, so that younger faculty may not panic in case of emergency.

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