SRINAGAR: A UK-based business group has facilitated the first healthcare tie-up in Jammu and Kashmir to introduce renal transplant and cancer surgeries under Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).
Chairman of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC), Taha Islam, on Saturday unveiled the alliance between Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon and Ramzaan Hospital Srinagar.
“Our organisation has facilitated this tie-up to bring best super speciality facilities to people on affordable rates close to their home,” Taha told Kashmir Reader on the sidelines of the ceremony organized to introduce to initiative.
He said the main focus would be on patients who suffer renal failure and those suffering from different types of cancer.
“The project will begin with the two days OPD facilities for Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Oncology. The venture has been started in response to announcements made by J&K government about the policy of expanding healthcare infrastructure,” Taha said. “Our next step will be to start full-fledged renal transplant and cancer surgeries in Kashmir.”
Dr Neeraj Bishnoi, who is the Unit Head of Paras Hospitals said the initiative has been taken to reach out to spread medical facilities to Kashmir.
“We are planning to extend our super speciality facilities in Kashmir in order to give best and affordable facilities at the doorstep. We are also talking to various national and international NGO to support us in running the CSR activities so that more and more poor patients get benefited,” he said.
On the occasion, Ramzan Hospital’s Dr Zaffer Saleem Khanday said that “Jammu and Kashmir is deficient in super specialist doctors to manage rising number of patients”.
“The government has implemented plans to upgrade medical facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. The joined efforts by two hospitals will help to bring super speciality care for needy patients at a much reduced cost,” Dr Khanday said.
Dr Gaikwad told Kashmir Reader that the collaboration has come about with the aim of creating awareness and providing correct medical guidance to the people here on some of the major diseases, such as various types of cancers and tumours related to spine, brain and peripheral nerves, among others.
“Such collaborations end-up benefiting the doctors as well,” he said.
“People suffering from kidney problems need should be more careful considering the extra physical effort required to live in places like Srinagar. Especially, after surgeries, due caution and care should be taken by the patient as advised by the doctors,” Dr Gupta added.