Govt to close down CD, Leprosy hospitals in Srinagar
Srinagar: In order to streamline the health care sector and put the available resources to optimum use, the government is mulling to do away with the Leprosy Hospital and the Chest Diseases hospital situated in Srinagar.
The move is being initiated to ensure use of the manpower and the machinery in a much better way for the pulmonary care in case of Chest Diseases hospital at Dalgate.
“In case of the lone Leprosy Hospital the government is mulling to do away with it and it can be closed any time soon, with the administrators holding the belief that the hospital is irrelevant in the changing healthcare scenario,” a top official in know of the developments told ‘Kashmir Vision’.
“Separate Chest Disease Hospitals should be done away with because of less burden of TB and domiciliary treatment of tuberculosis except for isolation wards for MDR –TB and staff and resources utilized in a better way for pulmonary medicine,” the officials in the health department said.
Adding that in the same fashion, leprosy hospital is ‘irrelevant’ in the changed health scenario of the state with new effective treatment protocols available.
The health department, as it has been learnt, is kick-starting the strengthening of public health infrastructure especially at District and Sub-district Hospitals, while equally focusing on de-weeding the irrelevant and unnecessary facilitates situated across length and breadth of the state, apart from utilizing the manpower efficiently in the districts.
Official said that since complicated and super specialty surgeries are being performed at District Hospitals, “these need to be strengthened with better infrastructure and staff.”
About the creation of additional infrastructure, the health department has suggested the government that up gradation of hospitals and construction of new hospitals should be done on a clear-cut policy.
“Before any new hospitals are constructed the state shall follow the following norms: one sub-centre for 5000 population, one PHC for 30,000 population, one CHC for 100,000 population. Disparities will be rectified before starting more sub-centres or hospitals,” the policy suggestions put forth by the health department states.
“Since many super-specialists are posted in health department and their services are being utilized for the benefit of patients, Super-specialty service should be provided by Regional Hospitals besides all District Hospitals should have few super-specialties i.e., cardiology, neurology, urology, gastroenterology and nephrology,” officials said, while maintaining that the same has been put forth in the policy document submitted to the government.
Apart from strengthening the district level healthcare system by recommending to club the facilities where there is no need to keep them separate, which is adding to the burden of the system, it has also recommended Dialysis services in all District Hospitals.
“There arises a need to be fortified with staff and consumables to be effective and sustainable,” officials privy to the policy document said.
However, so far, the department has only been able to start dialysis services at District Hospital Anantnag, while as in the rest of the district’s the service is awaited. The officials, though, maintain that they are on it.