Srinagar: Maintaining that the establishment of SKIMS by its founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was aimed at providing tertiary health care to the poor within the State on nominal and affordable expenses, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday said that his government was determined to upgrade it to one of the best modern hospitals in the Country.
Chairing the 34th meeting of the Governing Body of SKIMS here, the Chief Minister said that in order to reduce the pressure of general line patients on the Medical Institute, vigorous efforts were required to strengthen the district, sub-district, and other hospitals in the State. “Till that time SKIMS has to render its service to the patients of all categories,” he added.
Omar Abdullah said that government was keen to launch joint ventures in health sector under PPP mode and the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted to frame a policy in this regard has almost finalized the same. “Our endeavour is to set up a chain of Super Specialty Hospitals across the State to provide modern health care treatment to the patients”, he said adding that the prime concern of the government was to ensure specialized treatment for chronic ailments to the poor patients within the State at minimum and affordable expenditure.
The Chief Minister said that government has already approved many programmes for modernizing and improving the functioning of SKIMS. He said huge amounts are being utilized to construct befitting infrastructure and procure medi-care gadgets of special utility. He said SKIMS was rendering stupendous service to the people at present. “However, there is scope for improvement in every field. Our endeavour should be to attain more and more expertise and specialty at par with new trends and researches taking place in medical sector globally,” he added.
Taking brief of the work done on construction of infrastructure and procurement of modern equipment besides putting in place measures for administrative reforms, the Chief Minister stressed on time line completion of works. He said the Committees constituted to suggest measures for improving the functioning and upgrading of the delivery system of services should provide their suggestions and recommendations as early as possible. “Wherever consultancy has been appointed,” he said adding that its reports should be obtained early to decide about the future course of action.
According to Agence India Press, Omar Abdullah said that the complaints about private practices by the doctors of SKIMS should be taken serious note. He directed for constitution of a Committee to ascertain the facts, fix the responsibility, and suggest punishments for the erring doctors. He said “it is most unfortunate that some doctors despite bound under rules and regulations and receiving non-practicing allowances indulge in private practice.” He advised them to shun this practice or face the consequences.
The Chief Minister also directed for constituting a Search Committee to look for the suitable person for the post of Director of SKIMS. “The eminent doctors of high repute, qualification and expertise need to be contacted and a suitable professor of name and fame identified for the Institution to head it and give boost to its scientific growth and development,” he added.
The Director, SKIMS, Prof. Abdul Hamid Zargar in a PowerPoint presentation explained various aspects of the functioning of SKIMS. He presented a comparative statement of facts depicting the tremendous pressure on SKIMS during recent years about general line treatment, in-patients rush, specialized operations, operations of high class surgical expertise, general nature surgeries and diagnostic analysis of various natures.
Prof. Hamid also dwelt upon in detail about various agenda items and explained the urgency of putting in place some measures to improve and upgrade the functioning of the Institution. He lauded the Chief Minister for his keen interest in developing and strengthening the SKIMS to make it one of the best tertiary care centers in the Country.
The Director, SKIMS presented a resume of the achievements registered under various programmes including trainings, infrastructure development, procurement of modern equipment, enhancing the treatment facilities, putting in place tele-medicine facilities, establishment of National Rural Tele-Medicine Network (NRTMN) and other administrative matters.
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