SKIMS gets first ‘Child Care Center’ for doctors on duty

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Srinagar: Sher-I-Kaahmir institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura established a Child Care Centre for the infants of its staff which includes doctors on duty, paramedical staff and other employees, making the centre first of its kind in the state of J&K with an aim to reduce the stress levels of the health workers.
In a statement, an official said the move is aimed at providing a helping hand to its female staff in taking care of their infants and added the facility is expected to decrease the stress and hardships of working mothers, who have to face a difficult time in taking care of their infants while showing up for their duties and keeping up with both the tasks.
Dr. Rauf Kaul, Professor and Hhead department of Community Medicine the SKIMS said that the main aim of the centre is to de-stress the employees working at the institute by providing them with a place where their infants will be taken care of, while they remain on duty.
“The employees of the institute, whether a female resident doctor, nurse, a paramedic or any other employee can keep their infants at the centre where we have got people to take care of their kids,” Dr. Kaul said.
“The mother can come anytime and breastfeed their infants, and with this, we help those working mothers in taking care of their infants, which otherwise would have been difficult for them,” he added.
Terming the Centre as innovative, Dr Kaul said that there is no such centre in the state as of now. The Centre has got three different corners namely, sleeping corner, feeding corner and lactating corner, he said.
An official said that the Centre was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Director SKIMS Dr. Omar Javed.