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BANDIPORA: The family member of a pregnant lady in Bandipora district hospital has accused hospital laboratory of giving him false blood test report. As per the attendant who is also the husband of the pregnant lady, they were asked for cross match test while performing some pre surgery tests, and was shocked to see the haemoglobin report of his own which shows him O+ while his actual blood group is A+. He also alleged that he was asked to pay 400 as charges for the tests which are totally free for the pregnant ladies.

When Kashmir News bureau contacted Chief medical officer, Dr Bilkis Mir said, “we are investigating the said matter, and had set an inquiry team. Strict action will be taken who so ever found guilty.” Meanwhile, Dr, Syed Rehman, Medical Officer said, “the accused have been suspended while further investigation is on.”

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SRINAGAR: With surge in number of swine flu cases and 15 deaths so far this season in Kashmir valley due to the virus, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday urged health authorities in Kashmir to set up separate outpatient clinics for swine flu patients. “Separate flu clinics in hospitals will prevent the spread of swine flu and will save lives,” said DAK President and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.

He said these clinics will end intermingling of flu patients with those suffering from other ailments. “Segregation of flu patients in hospitals will protect other patients from contracting the disease,” he added. Dr Nisar said hospitals have influx of patients with chronic lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and cancer in whom swine flu can prove fatal.

He said though SKIMS and SMHS hospitals have isolation wards, they are not created as per the guidelines. Dr Nisar said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines say that an isolation ward should have separate cubicles with special exhausts to create “negative pressure” while the distance between two beds should be minimum three feet. The negative pressure will prevent contaminated air from escaping the room. These isolation rooms should be fitted with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that would catch and remove the virus from air.

“For screening and treatment of swine flu patients, staff has to be dedicated. That means doctors and paramedical staff treating swine flu patients should not attend to other patients in the hospital,” he said. “While flu spreads every year timing, severity and length of flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. In 2015 when we thought worst was over, there was sudden spike of cases in February.

CDC in its weekly report has said that flu activity is increasing and swine flu is the dominant circulating strain. We are expecting a lot more flu coming down the road and we must not lower our guard”, cautioned Dr Nisar.

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KAKRYAL: The 34th meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (SMVDNSH), Kakryal, was held here and undertook comprehensive review of the hospital’s functioning. The meeting chaired by Mr. Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, took several important decisions aimed at further enhancing the hospital’s capacities for providing patient care of highest standards. The decisions included expanding and upgrading diagnostic and treatment facilities in consonance with the emerging requirements.

The meeting was attended by Mr. R. K. Gupta, CA; Mr. Ravi Magotra, former Director General Accounts and Dr. (Brig) Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer, SMVDNSH from the Shrine Board side. Those who took part in the FAC’s meeting deliberations on behalf of NVDSHPL / NH included Mr. A. Nagarajan, Senior Vice President Finance, NH; Cdr. Navneet Bali, Director Northern Region, NH; Mr. K. S. Dattatreya, Facility Director and Mr. Shashi Prakash, Head Finance of the hospital.

The FAC also reviewed the to-date status of empanelment of SMVDNSH with the various organisations for providing cashless treatment as well as signing of MoU with the ECHS and underscored the need for expanding and upgrading diagnostic and treatment facilities and taking all the requisite measures, wherever required, in the best interest of the patient care.

The FAC while undertaking review of the public outreach programmes organised by the hospital as part of providing free consultation services to the people nearer their homes, stressed the need for making people of such areas adequately aware about these services. While taking stock of the progress in regard to commencement of Chemotherapy and Endoscopy facilities at the Jammu OPD Centre of the SMVDNSH, the FAC emphasised for ensuring expeditious commencement of these facilities for convenience of the patients.