Srinagar, May 12: Scores of staff members, including nurses, of Super Speciality Hospital (SSH) Srinagar on Tuesday staged a protest, alleging that the mismanagement of the administration has led to the spread of COVID-19 in the institute. The protest comes in the wake of 12 people, including four nurses, lady CMO and a sweeper, testing positive for Coronavirus in the hospital. Of these, a 34-year-old youth and his father died due to COVID-19 in the last five days.
The protestors said that they have been constantly put at risk by the hospital administration by not providing them with adequate protective gears and demanded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and a proper accommodation. The hospital staff also demanded screening for infection, alleging that by denying them tests, the authorities are putting everyone at the risk of catching COVID-19. “We, nursing staff, ECG technicians, sanitation staff and doctors, are protesting against the mismanagement of the administration which has led to detraction of the situation in the hospital,” a SSH nurse told reporters during the token protest in the hospital premises on Tuesday. She said that COVID and non-COVID patients were kept together which had led to increase in the number of infected people in the hospital.
“When one patient tested positive for COVID-19, the infected person was sent to chest disease hospital. But the rest of the patients, who came in contact with the infected, were kept there… because of this the infection spread to other departments of the hospital. Patients from gastroenterology also came positive, so did our staff,” she said. She said four nurses, who tested positive for COVID-19, are admitted in CD hospital. However, she alleged that proper facility has not been provided to them. (UNI)