36th Foundation Day: SKIMS playing vital role in JK’s healthcare sector, says Advisor Kumar

36th Foundation Day: SKIMS playing vital role in JK’s healthcare sector, says Advisor Kumar
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Farooq Abdullah announces Rs 1 cr from MPLAD for institute’s auditorium

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said the annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura was a day of commemoration, celebration, thanksgiving and patting each other for the creation of such an institute which has played a tremendous role in filling critical healthcare gaps in the State.
Kumar said this while speaking at the 36th Foundation Day of SKIMS Soura at SKICC here. He was the chief guest on the occasion, while as advisors to Governor B.B Vyas and Kewal Kumar Sharma were the guests of honour. Member Parliament Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion.
The advisors were flanked by Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah, Principal SKIMS Medical College Srinagar Prof Riyaz A Untoo, senior doctors including Dr Shariq Masoodi, Dr Raffit Hassan, Dr Fazzal Qadir Parray on the podium.
Advisor Kumar recalled the contribution of SKIMS founder and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
“My first interaction with Sheikh Sahab was when I visited guest house in Tamil Naidu, where he had come for vacations,” Kumar recalled. “It was overwhelming to see how he would talk about his vision for the State.”
Kumar lauded the SKIMS authorities for their immense contribution in the field of medicine and healthcare in the State. “I have been associated with SKIMS since 1997. I used to come to SKIMS to look after the patients who were the victims of the situation,” he said. “You took equal care of all. That’s where humanity in doctors comes in. There is nothing that counts. You are in a noble service and I am extremely delighted that I am closely working with the medical fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.”
On technology and medicine, Kumar said the new inventions and techno-inputs were creating wonders in the field of medicine across the world.
Sharing his vast experience of working in various capacities across the country, Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma said there were different models of hospital administrations and the model (Governing Body, Autonomy) through which the SKIMS runs was the best model.
Sharma said by giving autonomy to institute which is governed and managed by its doctors, the best decisions come out from such health institution. “This governing body and autonomous model also helps in inter-departmental coordination in any health institution,” he said.
He said the overall progress of SKIMS from last 36 years shows that the model with autonomy to the governing body functions very well and leads to the success stories.
Sharma congratulated doctors and other officials for carrying out their professional work and working hard for providing the best possible healthcare to the masses.
On the occasion, the organisers informed that this year more than one million patients have visited SKIMS OPD so far.
Sharma said the state government is committed to provide its support to the SKIMS in terms of allocation of funds for procurement of better healthcare equipment and the up-gradation of infrastructure. For the year 2018-2019, the capital allocation for SKIMS is around Rs 26 crore and allocation for SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina is around Rs 8 crore. He lauded Principal, SKIMS Medical College for running the institute in a professional way.
He also spoke about getting funds for languishing projects and various projects approved for SKIMS. He said SKIMS has been given authorisation for the Cath Lab costing around Rs 8 crore under the languishing projects scheme.
The authorisation has also been given for the construction of drug de-addiction centre and procurement of MRI machine at SKIMS Medical College hospital, Bemina which costs around Rs 8 crore each.
Sharma said there are various proposals under consideration including Advanced Paediatric Centre with the estimated cost of Rs 123 crore and 100 bedded maternity hospital to be established in SKIMS. He said various initiatives are being looked into for further strengthening the healthcare facilities in SKIMS.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament, Farooq Abdullah applauded SKIMS for its contribution as a centre of excellence in healthcare. Abdullah while speaking about various researches going around the world in health said that Jammu and Kashmir lacks in the field of medical research. He stressed upon the doctors to focus more on research which would bring them many accolades.
He asked them to come up with tangible research which can help in curing certain incurable body ailments. Observing that there is a dire need for the construction of an auditorium at SKIMS, Farooq announced Rs 1 crore from MPLAD for the construction of the same.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah, who is also ex-officio secretary to the Government, in his address paid tributes to SKIMS founder and former directors for their “great contribution in making SKIMS a prestigious institute of the state which serves needy patients who can’t afford the treatment outside the state”.
He highlighted the activities and achievements of SKIMS and enlisted key projects upgraded and under execution. He reiterated his commitment to make SKIMS a centre of excellence.
Later, Kumar along with other advisors e-inaugurated various key projects of SKIMS which included Burn Ward, OPD Block, Library, Staff road and Gastroenterology lab etc. He also released SKIMS Annual Report, 2018 and SKIMS Insight Magazine and Disaster manual.