JAMMU: With the premier Government Medical College Hospital Jammu turning into epicenter of COVID deaths in the recent past, reports of low pressure oxygen during nights is reported to be one of the factors for alarming fatalities-102 in the past 10 days.Efforts of obtaining official confirmation failed as the management could not be reached on telephone despite repeated attempts.
As per the statistics, the Jammu division is accounting more deaths despite lower number of cases reported during the past ten days compared to the Valley where more people have tested positive to the infection.Out of 333 deaths across the Union territory during the past 10 days, 102 fatalities were reported from the GMC alone.Since April 25, the spike in deaths is continuously reported in the GMC with five corona related fatalities taking place on April 25, six on April 26, seven on April 27, six on April 28, seven on April 29, nine on April 30, 13 on May 1, 15 on May 2, 24 on May 3. However on May 4, ten deaths were reported.The alarming mortality rate in the GMC has caused panic among the people, who look towards the institution as only hope during the obtaining grimmer times. The reports about low pressure oxygen during nights have added to the anxieties of the citizens.A senior doctor in the GMC Jammu, on the condition of anonymity, told STATE TIMES that most of the deaths have taken place during night hours in GMC Jammu, primarily due to low pressure oxygen.As the GMC Jammu lacks skilled and trained staff for night deployments, there is generally steep decrease in pressure of oxygen cylinders, which leads to deaths, he said. The recent audit of the oxygen pipes in GMC Jammu and its Hospitals, carried out by a team of experts from IIT Jammu, GCET and SMVDU last week had also pointed out that the ‘paramedical staff be trained in the handling of the knobs and valves to restrict wastage and be made aware of the shortage of oxygen supply.’ The team had also recommended that proper roaster be prepared for regular maintenance of all equipments and machinery corresponding to the supply of oxygen to patients.
Keeping in view the present situation, the panel has recommended that the inventory and capacity of cylinders should be increased as soon as possible at all three facilities, Maternity Child Health (MCH) Hospital Gandhi Nagar (Designated COVID Hospital) Jammu, Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and Government Medical College Jammu.The expert panel also suggested that flooring of manifold area may be re-laid with RCC and rubber padding for handling of oxygen cylinders.And most importantly, it was observed by the committee that the filled cylinders are not being checked for their weight. The committee recommended that the cylinders should be randomly checked before being installed in the presence of officials from Legal and Metrology Department so as to verify the quantity and capacity of the supplied cylinders.Analysis of the cases reported across the Union Territory reveals that despite detection of more patients in the Valley, the recovery rate is better and the mortality lesser due to better Covid management. On the contrary, more fatalities are taking place in the Jammu region due to inadequate facilities and unfortunate infirmities in the management. The situation seems to be getting out of control with ever increasing deaths in the division.Out of 21 deaths reported across the Union Territory on April 25, five died in GMC Jammu, one each in MH Satwari, ASCOMS and Kathua; four in SMHS Srinagar, two each in CD Hospital Srinagar and SKIMS Soura, one each in GMC Anantnag and DH Kulgam.On April 26 out of 25 deaths, 6 died in GMC Jammu, 1 in MH Satrwai, 1 in ASCOMS; 1 in CH Udhampur, 1 in Rajouri, 5 in SHMS Srinagar, 1 in JLNM Srinagar, 2 in SKIMS, 2 in GMC Anantnag and 1 in DH Pulwama.On April 27, out of 25 deaths, seven died in GMC Jammu; two in SMVDNSH Katra, one each in CD Hospital Jammu and GMC Rajouri; two in SMHS Srinagar, three in JLNM Srinagar, and one in GMC Anantnag.Out of 30 fatalities on April 28, six took place in GMC Jammu, two in ASCOMS, one in GMC Kathua, three in JLNM Srinagar, six in SKIMKS Soura, two each in GMC Baramulla and GMC Anantnag, three in SMHS Srinagar, one each in CD Hospital Srinagar and SKIMS Bemina.On April 29, out of 26 deaths, seven died in GMC Jammu, one each in DH Udhampur, MH, GMC Doda and Basantgarh, two each in Kathua and JLNM Srinagar, one each in SKIMS Soura and HGMC Baramulla, two each in GMC Anantnag and DH Pulwama.Out of 30 deaths on April 30, nine died in GMC Jammu, two in GMC Rajouri, one in JLNM Srinagar, five in SKIMS Soura, four in SMHS Srinagar and two in CD Hospital Srinagar.On May 1, 47 deaths were reported, 13 in GMC Jammu, three in GMC Rajouri, two in GMC Kathua, four in ASCOMS, one in CD Hospital Jammu, two in JLNM Srinagar, five in SKIMS Soura and one in CHC Sopore.Out of 47 deaths on May 2, 15 died in GMC Jammu, two in GMC Rajouri, five in SMVDNH Katra, one each in GMC Kathua and GMC Doda, two each in JLNM Srinagar and SKIMS Soura, three in SMHS and one in SKIMS.Of the 51 deaths on May 3, 24 died in GMC Jammu, two each in MCH wing of GMC Jammu and Rajouri, one each in GMC Doda, Ramban and Poonch, 31 in CD Hospital Srinagar, six in SKIMS Soura besides one each in Kupwara and Kulagam.Out of 37 deaths on May 4, 10 died in GMC Jammu, three in GMC Rajouri, one in GMC Doda, two in CD hospital Jammu, one in SMVDNH Katra, two in CD Hospital Srinagar, one in SKIMS Soura and four in SMHS Srinagar.
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