First National Geriatric Conference held

Srinagar: The Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, organised the first National Geriatric Conference here in collaboration with the Geriatric Society of India (GSI) and the Government College of Education, Srinagar, to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday.
Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. Kunzes Dolma, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, said in her keynote address, “Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, is committed to the health and well-being of the geriatric population.” Commending the efforts put in by Geriatric Consultant Dr. Zubair Saleem for the advancement of the elderly in Kashmir, she added, “I congratulate Dr. Zubair for tirelessly helping our senior citizens for leading a pain-free life.”
Special Guest Dr. Aabha Chaudhary, the Chairperson of Anugraha Centre on Ageing, said in her speech, “I am glad to see that such conferences are being held in Kashmir. My organisation would further strengthen the relationship withthe government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ahata Waqar (a day-care centre for the elderly) for the common issues pertaining to the elderly population.”
She also applauded Dr. Zunair Saleem for his relentless services towards the health of the elderly. Geriatric consultant Dr. Zubair Saleem in his address said, “Government alone cannot come up to all the expectations of elderly health as Geriatrics is still in infancy in Kashmir. Civil society too needs to come forward and lend a helping hand in giving a healthy and dignified life to elderly.”
On the occasion, a book ‘Mere Yaden’, authored by former Headmaster Tyndale Biscoe School Roshan Lal Kachru ,was released as a tribute to the creative contributions by senior citizens. To felicitate the individuals who strived for the advancement of Geriatric Medicine in Kashmir during the last one year, certificates of appreciation and awards were given on the occasion. The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award was given to Dr. Zubair Saleem by Director Health Services, Kashmir.
He was also felicitated by Rehabilitation Alliance Kashmir, Batmaloo Traders Association, Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation for his selfless contribution towards the betterment of the marginalised elderly of Kashmir.
Others who were awarded on the occasion include Dr. Kunzes Dolma, Director Health Services Kashmir; Dr. Zakir Hussain Khan, MS, JLNM Hospital; Dr. Talat Jabeen, CMO Srinagar; Dr. Shakeel ur Rehman, Kashmir Clinics; and Ajaz Rashid, Umeed Foundation. Scientific papers were also presented by Dr. H Waqar, Associate Professor, GMC Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Shamas, Consultant JLNM Hospita, and Dr. Iftikhar Wani, Consultant Orthopedics, B&J Hospital. The conference was coordinated by Prof Gurmeet Kour, Government College of Education, Srinagar.