Omar stresses on universalizing modern medicare

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah chairing Governing Body meeting of SKIMS on Wednesday.
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah chairing Governing Body meeting of SKIMS on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 16 : Terming SKIMS premier tertiary care medical institution of the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday underscored the importance of its growth and development on modern lines.
“All measures need to be taken in this direction to develop it as one of the leading super speciality medicare centre in the Country where modern treatment of highest degree would be available to the people of the State”, he said and referred to the priority given by the Government for expansion, upgradation and infrastructure development in health and medical education sectors in the State.
The Chief Minister said that with the coming up of super speciality hospitals at Jammu and Srinagar, upgrading of JLNM Hospital Rainawari and Gandhi Nagar Hospital Jammu on modern lines and improvement in other existing hospitals would open a new phase in the progress of secondary and tertiary care health facilities in the State.
“We have laid equal focus on the coverage of rural and far-flung areas under best possible medical facility”, he said, adding that district, sub-district and other hospitals in villages are receiving due attention for development on modern concepts.
Chairing the 38th meeting of Governing Body of SKIMS here this morning, the Chief Minister highlighted the importance of SKIMS in providing latest treatment for critical diseases and development of trained human resource in the health and medical education sectors.
The Chief Minister said that best service delivery should be benchmark of the functioning of all institutions, adding that the centres associated with providing medical treatment to patients need all the more missionary spirit on delivery front.
The Chief Minister approved Screening-cum-Selection Committee for the appointment of Principal of the SKIMS Medical College, Bemina. He also approved training of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation to Resident and Staff of SKIMS and renaming of the Department of Accident and Emergency as ‘Emergency Medicine’.
Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Health,. Sham Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Health, Javid Ahmad Dar, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Finance, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Secretary Health, M K. Dwivedi, Dean SKIMS, Dr. Khurshid Ahmad, Principal Medical College, Jammu, Dr. Allaqaband and Dr. Mehraj-ud-Din were present in the meeting.
In a PowerPoint presentation, the Director SKIMS, Prof. Showkat Ali Zargar gave resume of the achievements registered by the institution during last one year in various disciplines.
He said construction of 24-bedded Day care centre for cancer patients has been started and is likely to be completed in two months. While 14-bedded Haemodialysis Centre has been made operational and 11-bedded Critical Care Unit will function within one month’s period.
He said that 28 more seats have been added in MD/MS courses this year and for the first time 25 students have been admitted to the MSc Nursing course. He said that the Gama Camera has been made operational while MD Pathology, MD Paediatrics, MD Microbiology and DM Gastroenterology have been recognized by the Medical Council of India while new courses in Surgical Gastroenterology and Gynaecology & Obstetrics are starting this year, Paediatric Surgery and Neurology courses are in the pipeline.
Prof. Zargar said that the Government has in principle approved upgradation of SKIMS and SKIMS Medical College for development of infrastructure and machinery equipment to create better advanced medical facilities.
The meeting reviewed the follow-up action taken on the decisions of previous meeting of the Governing Body and discussed matters relating to various aspects of the development and growth of the institution.
The Chief Minister directed the SKIMS management to route the matters relating to academics and finances through the Academic and Finance Committees for final decision by the Governing Body.

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