Altaf for prioritizing patient care at SKIMS

Institute Celebrates 29th Annual Day


Srinagar, Dec 5: Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, today underscored the need for prioritizing patient care in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences here.
“The Institute has been witnessing tremendous rush of patients from across the Valley and there is a dire need of treating and conducting surgeries on the ailing people who require it at an earliest,” Altaf said while addressing the 29th Annual Day function of the Institute.
Flanked by the Minister for Medical Education R S Chib, SKIMS Director Prof Showkat Ali Zargar and Executive Director and Dean Cardiology Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Fortis Vasant Kunj New Delhi, Prof Upendra Kaul, Altaf said that he would take up the matter about the prioritizing of patient care with the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, who is also the chairman of SKIMS governing body. Altaf said the Institute doctors should treat the terminally ill patients and serve the purpose for its establishment.
“By prioritizing the patients, the burden on the Institute and the faculty will also be lessened to an extent,” Altaf said adding the people had high expectations with the tertiary care institution.
Lauding the faculty, paramedics and other staff of the Institute for providing quality medicare to the people during the 20-year turmoil, Altaf said there was no doubt that the Institute along with the associated hospital of Government Medical College had served the people with utmost dedication. “Nobody can forget the role of SKIMS in tackling the increasing number of cases during these years,” Altaf added. He said that during the last year’s unrest, the doctors in the Institute did a commendable job and put in their best efforts to attend the trauma cases.
He said the people, after Allah, had faith on the doctors for getting them out of distress due to the diseases.
Referring to the son of the soil Prof Upendra Kaul’s contribution in the field of medical science, Altaf said the doctors of Valley had proven their mettle in hospitals and teaching institutions across the globe. “Out doctors are intelligent, honest and always work with dedication in every part of the world. Despite being in New Delhi, Dr Kaul has been of great help to the ailing people of the Valley in terms of providing medical care,” the Forest Minister added.
Altaf also praised Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah for his vision in establishing the Institute.
Minister for Medical Education, R S Chib, said that few people had been criticizing the functioning of the Institute, but they should know as to how the SKIMS was established during trying times and how it had been able to provide quality treatment to the patients during these 20 years. “Despite making advancements in every field, conceiving and establishing SKIMS during present times is an impossible task,” Chib said adding that establishment of the Institute by Sheikh Abdullah 30 years ago shows his exemplary vision in the field of medical sciences. He said the SKIMS fraternity had made huge contribution during the turmoil.
Chib said the Chief Minister was doing every bit for making the Institute as par excellence. “Omar is keen for the development of the Institute in terms of infrastructure, research and other allied sectors,” Chib added. He said the intake capacity in the SKIMS medical college would be enhanced from 50 to 100 and the government was also trying to get the PG seats in the Institute enhanced.
Chib complimented SKIMS faculty for holding regular workshops, conferences and continued medical education programmes.
SKIMS Director, Prof Showkat Ali Zargar, said the Institute was the best among the tertiary care centres of India as far as patient care, research and faculty was concerned. Prof Showkat said the Institute, which is a Deemed University, has been able to produce specialists, which were working in hospital across India and other countries of the world.
He said the doctors in the Institute were providing quality patient care to the people and were committed to do so in future.
Prof Showkat said there were certain deficiencies in SKIMS, but urged his staff to make these as their strengths and work with utmost dedication for the welfare of the people. “Every employee in the SKIMS is doing a commendable job and marching ahead with the vision of the Institute founder, Sheikh Abdullah,” he added.
Prof Zargar said that a new critical-care 60-bedded department would be established soon in the Institute. “The department will be inaugurated on the Annual Day function next year,” he added.
Delivering the Sher-i-Kashmir oration, Prof Upendra Kaul, said, “It is a matter of great pride and honor for me to be associated today with the name of a great man, a towering personality who transformed the life of the inhabitants of this part of the world. From a meek, timid, poor, submissive community his leadership united all of us and gave us a voice of our own and made us proud Kashmiris.”
“His building of a Naya Kashmir was a unique movement which envisaged abolition of landlord-ship, writing off debts and promoting the artisans and giving the land to the tillers like of which has never been seen in this subcontinent. This brought in an all round improvement in the lives of people of the state for the first time. Nobody can succeed in getting everything in one’s lifetime but his great contribution of fulfilling several landmark events substantially is now a part of history,” he said.
SKIMS, Prof Kaul said, is a premier and prestigious institution of this country. “I am impressed by the work done by SKIMS and wish all my friends and colleagues in all the departments which include nursing services, administrative personnel and the supportive staff a very happy and proud Founder’s Day. I am really overwhelmed by their affection in inviting me to deliver this oration.”
Dean Medical Faculty, Prof M Ashraf Darzi, said the Institute had started DM in medical oncology and MD in radio diagnosis.
Organising chairman, Prof Khursheed Iqbal, and Dr Fazal Q Parray also spoke on the occasion. Former Directors, Prof Me’raj-ud-Din, Prof M S Khuroo, SKIMS medical college principal, Prof Mushtaq, and senior medicos of the Institute were present.
Mian Altaf and Chib later released the annual report of the Institute.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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