Govt ignorant of its own law mandating free treatment to poor in pvt hospitals

Govt ignorant of its own law mandating free treatment to poor in pvt hospitals

Srinagar: Under Supreme Court guidelines and a subsequent law enacted by the J&K government, private hospitals that are getting subsidies and other benefits from the government have to reserve free-of-cost “charity beds”, up to 25 percent of the total beds, and out-patient department facilities for poor patients in their institutions. However, the J&K government has […]

Govt-run dialysis centers struggling to cope with rush of patients

Govt-run dialysis centers struggling to cope with rush of patients

Srinagar: Dialysis centers started at three government hospitals in Kashmir have accumulated a huge waiting list of renal failure patients. According to sources, patients awaiting the free dialysis facility have already crossed 500. The three dialysis centers were started last year at District Hospital Anantnag, District Hospital Baramulla, and JLNM Hospital in Srinagar. “The infrastructure […]

Radiation therapy machine for cancer patients defunct at SKIMS

Radiation therapy machine for cancer patients defunct at SKIMS

Srinagar: Dozens of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura have been left in the lurch since the LINAC machine became defunct a week ago. The Linear Accelerator (LINAC) equipment, which is a state-of-the art machine used for radiation treatment in cancer, has been lying defunct for the past […]

Kidney failure patients at risk of chronic infection at private dialysis centres

Kidney failure patients at risk of chronic infection at private dialysis centres

SRINAGAR: Hundreds of renal failure patients in Kashmir have been facing life-threatening situations due to cross-infection acquired during hemodialysis procedures at private dialysis centres. As per sources and medical professionals, nearly 20 private dialysis centres have been registered by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir. In the absence of checks by the Health Department, almost […]

Govt forms separate purchase committees for medical colleges, district hospitals

Govt forms separate purchase committees for medical colleges, district hospitals

Srinagar: Separate purchase committees for medical colleges and hospitals of J&K have been formed by the state government, a move that has drawn criticism for the way it bypasses the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL). As per the new government order, sanction has been given to reconstitution of purchase committees for various […]

Licence for isotope not renewed, PET CT scan stopped at SKIMS Soura

Licence for isotope not renewed, PET CT scan stopped at SKIMS Soura

Srinagar: Cancer patients undergoing treatment at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura have been left in the lurch as the administration’s mismanagement has led to the closure of PET CT scan facility. Official sources told Kashmir Reader that lack of expertise and absence of radiation safety at SKIMS Soura has led to the […]

Injured say that govt forces ‘targeted’ them, without reason

Injured say that govt forces ‘targeted’ them, without reason

Srinagar: Boys as young as 14 years old are among several youths undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Srinagar after being injured in the firing by government forces in Pulwama on Saturday. At Bone and Joint Hospital, 14-year-old Sameer Ahmad of Prichoo village is admitted to the trauma ward. He reclines silently on his belly, […]

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