Only 3 ventilators, 6 ICU bed for every two lakh people across J&K

TNN Bureau. Updated: 8/2/2020 11:38:26 AM Jammu and Kashmir

Healthcare scarcity weakens UT in COVID fight

Jammu: As the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are surging at rapid pace, the healthcare institutions -both governmentand private- are facing a herculean task to tackle the fatal diseases owing to limited infrastructure.

A recent finding by an international agency has placed J&K at poor 33rd spot in terms of availability of Ventilators, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) across the States and Union territories in the country. With more than 20000 COVID-19 cases and 380 plus deaths alone till now, the huge paucity of ventilators and ICU beds have made situation even worse for J&K to tackle this global pandemic in an effective manner.

The poor facilities in health care institutions can be gauged from the fact that government hospitals in J&K have only 1.40 ventilators per 100000 population while the situation in private hospitals is more pitiable. Private hospitals have 0.14 ventilators per 100000 population. Overall, the hospitals (both government and private) have 1.54 ventilators only per 100000 population.

The data collected by Centre for Diseases Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) has exposed the big claims by the J&K UT government about providing better healthcare facilities to the common man.

Non-availability of ventilators is a serious issue and now when the COVID-19 pandemic is at its peak, the issue has become more serious.

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During the year, a global investment summit was organized, seven roadshows held during which 168 MoUs for Rs 13,600 crores were signed. The government has identified 6,000 acres of government land for industry and land has been transferred for setting up 37 industrial estates.

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