Opinion: Amid lack of health care infrastructure, lifting of lockdown may prove disastrous in Kashmir

By: Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

Srinagar: As cases of Covid-19 are increasing,so as deaths due to it with each passing day, the decision to lift lockdown from June 8 will not be wise and will prove disastrous.

Going by the reports,the state is lacking requisite infrastructure and resources to tackle the global pandemic that has claimed nearly 04 lakh lives.

The Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir has only 180 ventilators for a population of 1.25 crore population.

In Kashmir alone,for a population of 70 lakh, there are just 93 ventilators in hospitals. Most of them are occupied by the patients suffering from various ailments.

The spontaneous spread of virus will result in crises,beyond imagination.

“Our health care system is in poor state. God forbid, if virus spreads in valley, the management of patients will be a difficult task. We are not in a position to deal with any eventuality,” a senior doctor at SKIMS had told to a leading newspaper of Kashmir valley.

The doctors continue to suffer because of lack of proper and adequate protection gears and safety equipments like N95 masks,PVC coated gowns, the doctor had added.

Hence,the government should revisit it’s decision in the larger interest of people.

If it goes with it’s decision, the consequences will be enormous and the responsibility will come on it.

Pertinent to mention, that the health care system of Spain, a developed country collapsed after spontaneous outbreak of virus.

The patients were treated in open, not only this, the old people offered their ventilators to young people, putting their own lives at risk.