Srinagar: Lack of parking space at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital, oldest hospital in the Valley, “threatens lives” and creates problems for patients.
“Our ambulances get stuck at the main gate and there is no space to sneak in to reach the casualty. For critical patients, who are being ferried from far flung area, every second is crucial. This mess within the hospital compound threatens their lives,” an ambulance driver, Ittifaq Ahmad Wani, said.
The parking contractor at SMHS said that the hospital compound is “overburdened” with vehicles and no space is available to accommodate them.
“The hospital can accommodate only 100 vehicles simultaneously. But we receive around 600 vehicles a day which is too difficult to handle,” the contractor said.
Nazir Ahmad, an attendant, found it difficult to park his vehicle when he reached the hospital. “There is a huge mess of vehicles in the compound. When ambulance has no space in a hospital, what to say about any other vehicle!” he said.
Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Chowdary, told Kashmir Narrator, “We are taking all the necessary steps to ease the traffic inside the hospital compound. We even have separate entry and exit gates.”