Srinagar,Jan 9, CNS: Advisor to Governor, K. Vijay Kumar on Wednesday urged the concerned officers to put in strenuous efforts to make the SKIMS Medical College, Bemina a viable healthcare institution for the general public, especially living in north and central Kashmir.
Speaking to the doctors and paramedics here, the Advisor asserted that the government was highly committed to upgrade health infrastructure across the state.
The Advisor said this after laying the foundation stone of several developmental projects at the college campus— including extension of casualty ward, construction of attendant shelter-shed, construction of psychiatry and faculty blocks.
Kumar was flanked by Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dullo, Principal SKIMS Medical College, Prof Riyaz Ahmad Untoo, Chairman Academics, SKIMS Bemina, Prof Abdul Wahid Khan, Medical Superintendent, Shifa Deva, along with the senior officials and Chief Engineer, SKIMS Ghulam Jeelani among other senior doctors and officials of administration and Engineering division of the college.
The Advisor asked the authorities to ensure best healthcare facilities to people at the medical college—asking officials to put in their best possible efforts to make the healthcare institution as a viable option for the people of north and central Kashmir regions.
Informing the Advisor about various on-going developmental projects at the SKIMS Medical College, Bemina, Principal, Prof Riyaz Ahmad Untoo, gave a detailed presentation about the projects. He said the developmental projects; including extension of casualty ward; construction of attendants of shelter-shed, construction of psychiatry block and construction of faculty block were coming up at the estimated cost of more than Rs 5 crore.
“SKIMS Medical College strives to be the Institute of excellence in providing high quality medical education and health services and for that priority support from the government was highly commendable,” Prof Untoo said, adding “We have done a lot to overcome innumerable deficiencies pointed out by MCI, but still a lot needs to done as far as the development of College is concerned.”
The Advisor was informed that Medical Council of India (MCI) in its recent inspection had observed the deficiency of faculty to the tune of only 9 per cent against the deficiency of 52.51 per cent in 2015 and 2016, which according to him, was a remarkable achievement. He said filling up of around 200 vacancies in Paramedical and other wings of the Institution has improved the patient care and teaching. It is reflected from the increasing figures of patients reporting to the hospital for treatment and as per the latest reports annual OPD has crossed 8.0 lakh patients, he said.
“Not only this, many other measures in the interest of patient care including provision of free medicines, disposables have improved inputs to the hospital,” Principal informed the meeting. “In last two years the transport has been augmented by adding ambulances and other things, equipment machinery for better diagnosis and management and thanked the efforts of the Government for releasing much needed funds for Procurement of MRI and other related projects.”
The advisor later inspected various ongoing projects of 250 bedded IPD Block and new College/Lab Block under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP and appreciated its progress as the work was going on in two shifts.
The Advisor discussed upcoming projects to boost the quality and accessibility of healthcare at SKIMS-Bemina and had feedback from the faculty during his interaction.
The Principal in his power point presentation briefed the Advisor and the Principal Secretary about the other projects. He explained that the projects when completed would help SKIMS Medical College to become an independent and viable unit as envisaged in the SKIMS Governing Body. He said that the proposal in this regard has already been submitted to Government along with its infrastructure requirements.
The meeting was informed that Hostel for Residents and Interns, Hostel for Nurses, Sarai for attendants, Accident Emergency Block (Trauma Centre), Sewerage Treatment Plant were the other vital projects which are under active consideration of the Government.(CNS)