Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Qasiar Ahmad has said that a medical emergency has been declared in view of the ongoing violence in Kashmir and routine admissions, theatres and leaves of the doctors have been cancelled.
“We have admitted 50 injured persons in the SMHS hospital of the College today (Saturday) and two of them succumbed to their injuries, Dr Ahmad told Mail Today newspaper.
A young doctor described the situation in the hospital as one of “mayhem”. “It is mayhem here. We are getting youngsters from different areas of Kashmir, especially south Kashmir, with pellet injuries and bullet wounds; these are boys with no one from their families with them. A young boy succumbed to injuries and no one from his family was with him,” the doctor said.
A senior doctor according to Mail Today correspondent Naseer Ganai, said situation was worse than 2010 as they would never get 50 wounded persons at one go that year. “Of the 50 wounded in the SMHS hospital, 40 have eye injuries and we operated 18 of them and I don’t think anyone is going to get their vision back. Situation is grim,” he said.