Financial Secretary Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, inaugurated the 100-bedded Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (RIO) at Kashmir Nursing Home Gupkar here.
The RIO will be started at Kashmir Nursing Home in a phased manner, Government Medical College Srinagar said in a statement here.
Inaugurating the facility, Dulloo said that the fillip in medical facilities could help the State rise up as a medical tourism destination. He assured the department of all the required support to develop the Institute. “We would make sure that RIO gets technical, financial and administrative support it needs to develop as a State-of-art eye institute,” he said.
It was decided that one trauma unit of department of ophthalmology continues to function at SMHS Hospital to cater to the requirements of eye trauma or poly-trauma. Financial secretary also impressed upon GMC authorities to continue keeping the facilities running for treatment of cancer patients.
GMC Principal, Prof Parvaiz A Shah congratulated the department for its excellent performance. ” I hope that the eye centre will be a big beacon in the health sector and provide basic and super specialty eye care facilities,” he said. He said the department must start neuro opthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology also.
Head department of ophthalmology, Prof Tariq Qureshi apprised the gathering of the various developments and the recent strides of the government. “Starting of corneal transplant and 131 keratoplasty is a matter of pride for whole medical fraternity,” he said.
The department has treated hundreds of patients, including foreign nationals of complex eye issues, the gathering was told. The OPD services for ophthalmology have already been started at the facility.