Towards better paediatric healthcare

The work on the hospital was initially started in 2013 but the then Chief Minister, Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in October 2015, gave it an extension and laid the foundation stone for 500-bedded Mother-Child Hospital.

In 2019, the government accorded sanction to conversion of the 200-bedded Maternity Hospital and the 300-bedded Pediatric Hospital at Bemina, Srinagar into a full-fledged 500-bedded Children’s Hospital.

Notably, the present GB Panth hospital has been functional at Sonwar for the past 15 years now. It is the lone children’s hospital in Kashmir which caters to children from across the Valley, and, at times, from Jammu areas as well.

Some persistent problems however with GB Panth Hospital have emerged over the years which are impacting healthcare delivery there. From OPD to Emergency and from wards to laboratories, every section of the hospital remains congested every time.

Three to four patients occupy one bed at GB Panth Hospital leading to fears of spread of infections and other communicable diseases.

“The hospital is congested which hampers the delivery system which ultimately puts the patients at the receiving end,” said a doctor posted at GB Panth hospital.

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