Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed here on Saturday announced conversion of Kashmir Nursing Home to a full-fledged cancer hospital, where medical and surgical treatment is already being provided by trained oncologists.
The hospital would continue to be associated with Government Medical College, Srinagar, an official spokesperson said Saturday.
The chief minister made the announcement after visiting Kashmir Nursing Home where he interacted with cancer patients, they added.
During his visit to healthcare institutions in the city, Sayeed inaugurated wards and attendant ‘sarais’ (lodges) at SKIMS Soura and launched construction of two additional floors at the 550-bedded upcoming Maternity and Paediatric Hospital at Bemina, being built at a cost of Rs 75 crore.
Construction of two additional floors will reduce pressure on Lal Ded and G B Panth Hospitals, he said.
The Chief Minister recalled his stint as Minister for Urban Development in Syed Mir Qasim’s Cabinet in 1973, when he announced transfer of land for setting up of SKIMS, which was otherwise earmarked for rehabilitation of dislocated persons of Nallahmar Project.
“I had crossed my limits as the Cabinet was yet to approve the transfer of land. However, the magnanimous Chief Minister ignored my ‘lapse’,” Sayeed said.
At SKIMS, he inaugurated the new state-of-the-art ICUs, established at a cost of Rs 6.47 crore. Also the bed capacity of the ICUs have been enhanced from 12 to 38.
He also inaugurated the new colorectal, haemodialysis and medical oncology and renal treatment wards and also the expanded casualty wards where 50 extra beds have been added.