Budgam gets first private hospital
BUDGAM: Calling for “an ecosystem in healthcare”, Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar on Saturday rued that Kashmir lacks a holistic healthcare system, despite being home to quality doctors.
Akhtar made the observation while addressing a gathering at the inauguration of Budgam district’s first private hospital, Ibn Sina, which is located outside Ompura railway station.
“At the government and private level, we are always bothered about whether a doctor is punctual and if he is doing private practice or not. We should rather create an ecosystem in healthcare where services such as paramedics, nursing, sanitation etc are provided attention,” Akhtar said.
“Most of the existing private hospitals do not match up to the tertiary care which the government hospitals provide. I hope Ibn Sina sets new standards in voluntarism and healthcare,” Akhtar said.
Highlighting the need for the government to handhold private healthcare, Akthar urged private hospitals to strengthen their emergency care and abilities for performing complicated surgeries and other treatments.
Akhtar hailed the Chairman of Ibn Sina for coming up with a quality hospital despite coming from a modest background.
While addressing the gathering, Haji Abdul Rashid Bhat, Chairman, Ibn-Sina Hospital said the hospital was set up in memory of his late son who died at a young age.
“Soon after his demise, I had made the resolve to do my bit for the society, and this hospital is an outcome of that,” Bhat said. Director Health Services (Kashmir) Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, who was also present at the inauguration ceremony, said that apart from providing healthcare services to people from Srinagar and Budgam, Ibn Sina can also cater to the needs of patients from the peripheries.
Dr Rehman said that emergency and trauma care are areas which private hospitals need to lay special emphasis on. “Train travel can make it easy for patients from North, South and Central Kashmir to visit this hospital. At the government level, we are keen that hospitals such as Ibn Sina witness a tangible growth so that the load factor on government hospitals is also reduced.”
District Development Commissioner, Budgam, Muhammad Haroon Malik said Ibn Sina Hospital will help to “fill the void of a quality private hospital” in Budgam district.
“From routine investigations to digital X-rays and open as well as laparoscopic surgeries, Ibn Sina is keen to deliver healthcare services in the best possible way,” Malik said. Malik said a special emphasis is on post-operative care and introducing state-of-the art facilities at Ibn-Sina.
“Budgam is lagging behind in healthcare but efforts such as Ibn Sina rekindle the hope that entrepreneurs foraying into healthcare are ready to provide good facilities to common people,” Malik said.
Among those present at the event were Budgam SSP Tejinder Singh and CEO Peaks Group Baldev Singh. Addressing the gathering, the Ibn Sina Hospital Administrator, Muhammad Ashraf Malik, said room rates and other charges at the hospital have been fixed at an affordable price.