In a bid to boost up the medical education, the Minister for Health Choudhry Lal Singh on Sunday said that SKIMS Medical College at Bemina will soon be made autonomous.
"There are weaknesses in the system of SKIMS Soura. We will divisionalize SKIMS and make its Medical College at Bemina autonomous soon," the Minister told journalists on the sidelines of a function to inaugurate the CT scan unit at GB Pant Hospital here.
"I will take final call on the issue once I will be Vice-Chairman of the institute's Board of Governing Body, he said replying to a query.
SKIMS Medical College is one of the three government-run medical colleges of state besides Government Medical College Jammu and Government Medical College Srinagar.
The SKIMS Medical College was earlier known as Jehlum Valley College of Medical Sciences. It was managed by a trust before the state government took over the college in 1998. The college then became an under-graduate medical college of the SKIMS Soura (deemed university) Soura and was named as SKIMS Medical College.
The Minister said the district hospitals will be provided all necessary facilities and the infrastructure would be upgraded in all hospital.
"There are guidelines from Government of India that mother and child have to be given best health care on priority to bring the death rate to zero. We have pediatric doctors in every hospital and I have directed officials not to make any unnecessary referrals. The referrals will be now made only by the competent authority," he said.
He said that GB Pant hospital being the only health institution of pediatrics in the valley deserves special attention.
The Minister said best sanitation practices would be carried out in all government run hospitals. "Anyone who wishes to participate in the tendering should have all necessary equipments for carrying sanitation in effective and scientific manner. People visiting hospitals should not feel bad smell but fragrance all around," he said.
The Minister said that he had already issued directions to concerned officials in this regard. "The tenders for sanitation in all hospitals will be issued by GMC," he said. He lauded the efforts of GB Pant authorities for lifting the garbage from hospital premises. "It was long pending grievance that several tons of garbage has been dumped in this hospital. I hail the efforts of officials for lifting the garbage," he added.
The Minister also gave away awards to the security and safaiwalas who have performed satisfactory job in concerned fields during the month. The Minister assured that all officials' performance shall be rewarded likewise.