Jammu & Kashmir

Medical Superintendent GMC Anantnag threatens reporter after ‘failing to answer journalistic queries’

GMC Anantnag. File Photo.

Anantnag: Authorities at Government Medical College Anantnag in south Kashmir, have shifted the Orthopaedic ward from first floor to third floor causing inconvenience to the patients and attendants.

Earlier, such patients were being treated on the ground floor but from past three months the ward has been shifted to 3rd floor.

Insiders told news agency that orthopaedic patients who usually visit GMC while in pain don’t get treatment on the ground floor. In case the hospital elevator is occupied, these patients have to walk up over a dozen of flights of stairs.

“Imagine the condition of a patient with broken leg. It becomes really difficult for them to walk up flights of stairs,” said one of the attendants accompanying his patient.

When this reporter tried to bring the matter into the notice of Medical Superintendent GMC Dr Muhammad Iqbal, he instead of coming up with a satisfactory reply threatened to lodge an FIR.

“You are always harassing us. I will lodge an FIR against you,” the MS said and dropped the call.

Earlier, the district’s Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) was short of a vital Biochemistry Analyzer forcing the patients to get their tests done outside from private laboratories.

In this regard, Medical Superintendent, MCCH, Dr Muhammad Shafi said authorities have been informed already about the issue, but nothing is being done.

“We have written two letters, one to the previous Principal GMC Anantnag and second to the incumbent one, and we are still waiting for the response,” he said.

When this reporter contacted the incumbent Principal GMC Anantnag, Professor Tariq Syed Qureshi said the said Analyzer is functional at MCCH.

When asked the reporter is calling from the hospital room, he said measures will be taken to make the equipment functional and it will be functional within two to three days.

It is worth to mention here that from past 10 days, Serology Test Kits were not available at GMC Anantnag as a result patient were forced to get their tests done outside the hospital.

When this reporter called Medical Superintendent GMC yesterday for the same, he assured that Serology kits will be available from Friday and today those kits were available in the hospital.

Pertinently, few days back, when the news agency highlighted the plight of Para Medical Students at Baramulla School of Nursing- the Principal GMC Baramulla, according to that reporter was misled by a blue-eyed employee and she sought registration of an FIR against the Reporter on flimsy grounds.

Of late it has been observed that to put a curtain on the matters related to public importance, various officials intimidate even senior Journalists threatening police action against them even when they highlight genuine issues. (KNT)


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