SKIMS Hospital upgradation put on hold

Recommendations Gather Dust For Past 3 Years

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Dec 5: Despite growing pressure on the healthcare system in Kashmir, a proposal for up-gradation of healthcare services and academics facilities at SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina continues to be ignored by the government.
On May 25, 2009, the SKIMS Governing Body, in its 32nd meeting, approved the up-gradation plan under ‘Minimum Standard Requirement.’ However, official sources said that no action has been taken by the government so far.
Official documents reveal the Governing Body had proposed Rs 10 crore for fiscal 2011-2012 to improve different facilities and services. Another Rs 7.05 crore was proposed to be expended during current year.
The indifference by the government is despite the fact that ground reality reflects a gloomy picture of the institute. Acknowledging deficiencies at the institute, the Governing Body had proposed an allocation of Rs 6.70 crore with Rs 3.78 crore to be expended up to March 2012 for the construction of Lecture Halls, Service Blocks, Laundry, Kitchen, Central Sterilization & Supply Department, Boiler House, Gate Complex and extension of Radiology Block and earth-filling of the institute complex.
“About 14 years ago the then Chief Minister and Chairman SKIMS Governing Body, Dr Farooq Abdullah, sincerely affiliated the erstwhile Jehlum Valley Medical College (JVMC) to SKIMS Soura and placed it under the administrative control of the Institute. This was done to see its growth and development as per national standards,” said a senior faculty at SKIMS.
However, he said the apathy of SKIMS administration towards the college shattered the dream of Dr. Abdullah. “The college is not only ignored but the remote control of SKIMS lead to its deterioration and degeneration to the extent that when some doctors from other states and countries, who graduated from this college, visit it today, they are stunned to notice the degradation of college and hospital with continuous neglect of the government,” the doctor said.
“Though the number of OPD patients has crossed 4 lakh mark in 2012 with three fold increase in surgical procedures from 4186 in 2006 to 12101 in 2011, yet there has been no improvement in the infrastructure and other facilities,” a senior official said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 6 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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