Better patient care at peripheries helped to save lives
Srinagar: On Wednesday when death was again doing rounds in South Kashmir after clashes broke out near the encounter site Khudwani area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam area, the doctors posted in peripheries were busy saving lives at the district and sub-district hospitals by putting in all the efforts as well as resources to stabilize those who were injured during the clashes.
At Public Health Centre (PHC) Qaimoh, at least more than 38 persons were brought in with injuries by pellets and bullets.
16 year old Bilal Ahmad Tantary, the first causality of Wednesday was brought dead to this PHC. Out of 38, 4 were referred to Kulgam out of which only 2 were further removed to Srinagar for further treatment.
“There were total numbers of 38 injury cases that we registered. In addition, there were other cases as well, who preferred not to register their names. Some injuries were minor, while some were grave. Many grave injuries were treated here, while those who needed extra treatment were referred to Kulgam out of which some were later referred to Srinagar,” said a doctor posted in Qaimoh.
What usually happened during such a situation was that all the injury cases—minor as well as grave—used to be referred to Srinagar—which usually resulted in chaos and confusion at the tertiary healthcare at the centre—however, this time over the situation was quite different.
Doctors at Qaimoh Sub-Centre said that the gravest of the injuries were referred to District Hospital Anantnag, where they were given specialized treatment.
District Hospital Anantnag, this time over also played a vital role in minimizing the causalities. A young person in his 20’s, who had a bullet injury in his head was brought to DH Anantnag, where he was stabilized and only after that was he removed to Srinagar.
“Such cases were usually referred to Srinagar on arrival. However, we had a neurosurgeon on duty who worked to drain out the blood that had accumulated in his skull due to the injury in a sensitive procedure,” said a doctor stationed at DH Anantnag.
Doctors at DH Anantnag said that if the injured youth was referred to Srinagar on arrival, there were 70 per cent chances that he would have succumbed to injuries en route Srinagar.
On Wednesday a total number of 9 injury cases were brought to DH Anantnag, 1 was brought dead initially and the rest had bullet injuries on thigh, head and chest. The one with the thigh injury was treated at the Hospital, rest were referred to Srinagar after stabilizing them locally.
“The main thing which is to stabilize the patients who were critical. It was done at the peripheral level, which somehow minimized the number of causalities which could have been higher in comparison to what was reported,” a doctor at DH Anantnag said.
The total number of injuries was reported to be 50 when this report was being filed. Out of 50, 12 were referred to Srinagar for further treatment, which implies that that only 24 per cent of injury cases were referred to Srinagar hospitals.
Out of 12 those who were referred, Abdul Salam, a resident of Khudwani is battling for his life at SMHS after a bullet hit him on the neck. Another youth: Yasir Abdullah (16) who is also the resident of the same area is also admitted at SMHS. He was hit by a bullet in abdomen. However, his condition is said to stable.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that 5 cases of injuries were brought to the Institute for treatment on Wednesday, which included the injured Station House Officer (SHO) Baramulla police station Khalid Ahmad, who suffered a head injury after he was hit by a stone during clashes.
“We received 5 cases of injuries on Wednesday, one is being operated as of now, the injured SHO is stable and has been admitted in the VIP ward of the hospital,” said Dr Farooq Jan, MS SKIMS, adding “rest of three patients are also stable who were brought in with minor injuries.”
Meanwhile, the injured brought to PHC Qaimoh were identified as Kifayat Ahmad R/O Wani Gund, Bilal Ahmad R/O Ariwani, Yasir Ahmad Dar, Irshad Ahmad R/O Mishpora, Javaid Ahmad R/O Rampora, Suhail Ahmad R/O Tengpora, Bashir Ahmad, Shahid Ahmad R/O Redwani, Tauseef Ahmad, Javaid Ahmad R/O Rahpora, Aqib Ahmad R/O Redwani, Zubair Ahmad R/O Tarigam, Zahid Ahmad R/O Redwani, Lucky R/O Watalhama, Owais Ahmad R/O Owoora, Danish R/O Owoora, Akeel Ahmad R/O Mishpora, Javaid Ahmad R/O Frisal, Salik Ahmad R/O Frisal, Waseem Ahmad R/O Frisal, Bilal Ahmad Tantray (Brought Dead), Rahil R/O Redwani, Arsalan R/O Redwani, Majid Mir, Setha R/O Qaimoh, Amir Ahmad R/O Owoora, Shamim Ahmad Khanday, Amir Ahmad, Pervaiz Ahmad R/O Rahpora, Tariq Ahmad R/O Jablipora, Yawar Ahmad R/O Sonigam, Amir Ahmad R/O Qaimoh, Waseem Ahmad R/O Tarigam, Aqib Ahmad R/O Owoora, Danish Ahmad R/O Janglat Mandi, Anantnag, Yawar Fayaz, Murtaza R/O Tarigam, Owais Ahmad, Wazeer Ahmad R/O Aripal, Pulwama Suhail Ahmad R/O Cheddar, Muhammad Ashraf and Tahir Ahmad.
(There were some more injured who preferred not to write down their names and could not be identified)