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  • 3rd Anniversary of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, attended the function organised to mark 3rd anniversary of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, (SMVDNSSH), situated at Kakryal. The function was held at the Matrika Auditorium of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman and Founder of Narayana Health; Dr. Ashok Bhan, Member of SMVDSB; Maj. Gen. (Retd.) S.K. Sharma,  Chairman of the Governingbody of the SMVD College of Nursing; Sh. Simrandeep Singh, CEO SMVDSB, Ms. Indu Chib, Deputy Commissioner Reasi; Ms. Nisha Nathyal, SSP Reasi; Brigadier (Retd.) M.M. Harjai, CAO, SMVDNSSH and other Members of the Shrine Board were among dignitaries present on the occasion.

Governor complimented the staff of the Hospital for coming up to the expectations of people in providing quality tertiary care to patients at an affordable cost. He observed that the success stories of the Hospital are a reflection of the professional capabilities of the doctors and staff here and pledged full support on behalf of the Shrine Board to the Hospital in providing the best quality healthcare to the patients.

Governor stated that a person associated with the Medical profession is serving mankind in a true sense. For an ailing person and his attendants, a doctor and caring nurse is nothing less than a life saving divine intervention. Expressing concern over occasional unfortunate incidents of confrontation between medical staff and attendants of patients, Governor expressed that secure working conditions should be provided to the medical staff so that they could deliver professional patient care.

Governor congratulated Dr. Tsering Landol; Dr. G.Q. Allaqaband and Dr. C.D. Gupta, who were felicitated, on the occasion, in recognition of their life time contributions in the medical profession. Governor launched new palanquins and jackets for porters designed by IIT Bombay and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) on behalf of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Later, Governor also visited the SMVD Narayana Hospital and inspected facilities there. He interacted with the patients and enquired about their wellbeing.

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SRINAGAR:  Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday expressed pressing concern over lack of air ambulance service in Kashmir valley because of which precious lives are lost. “Non-availability of air ambulance is costing lives of trauma and emergency patients,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué. “Majority of these patients die because they are unable to reach hospitals within the golden hour which is crucial for their survival,” he said.

“Time is the essence when it comes to trauma and emergency patients and sooner they receive treatment, the better the chances of survival,” he added. Dr Nisar said the only way to reach hospitals in Kashmir is road ambulance and, in this day and age, that does not meet the requirements of golden hour. “Air transport saves lives because patients get to hospital faster when they travel by air,” he said.

“Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found increased rate of survival among those trauma patients who were rescued by chopper than those transported by ground ambulance, Dr Nisar said adding that “a study by Biewener et al in 2004 showed a 50% reduction in the mortality rate when patients were transported to a trauma center by a helicopter.” Dr Nisar said the geographic and mountainous terrain of Kashmir Valley renders air transport a far more effective option than regular road transport.

 “Air ambulance service is the need of the hour in the valley, giving its topography where various areas remain cut-off for most part of the winter due to heavy snowfall and rains,” he said. “In absence of critical care ambulance, patients who need to be airlifted from Srinagar to outside hospitals for treatment have to shell out huge sums to arrange such a transportation from outside the state, an option which only a few can afford,” said Dr Nisar.

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JAMMU: A one-day Continuing Dental Education (CDE) programme titled “ABC…The Trending….& Dental Practice” was conducted in Institute of Dental Sciences, Sehora, Jammu by Department of Periodontics. Dr Saurabh Gupta, Head of Department, Periodontics, was the organizing secretary for this event which was also coordinated by Dr Jasjit Kaur Sahota, Dr Prashant Singh, Dr Malvika Singh, Dr Bangeet Kaur and Dr Kirandeep Kaur.

The event was attended by Dr Harvinder Singh, Principal, IDS, Dr Sarbjeet Singh, Vice Principal, and about 154 delegates which included dental and medical faculty from IDS, interns, as well as dentists from Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, and others states. The speakers were Dr Anisha Maria, Head of Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Bhabha College of Dental Sciences, Bhopal and Dr Rahul Maria, Head of Department, Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Bhabha College of Dental Sciences, Bhopal.

The programme intended to help young dental graduates as well as practising dentists by providing them with a platform to update their knowledge and  clinical skills in dental practice. Dr Anisha Maria elaborated upon the significance of “Asepsis and Sterilization” in dental practice while providing quality dental care to patients. She also carried out a lecture session on “Facial Esthetics”, which briefly dealt with various new trends to improve facial appearance alongside dental esthetics. This would help a clinician to spread better awareness about different dental cosmetic treatment alternatives available to an individual. She also performed a live demonstration of facial peel on a volunteer.

Dr Rahul Maria delivered a lecture on how to establish a link between basic Endodontic Principles and daily clinical practice in order to provide root canal treatment in a simple yet effective manner. He also carried out a live demonstration on various steps of root canal treatment and explained how to use different instruments to perform the same. Dr Anisha Maria  and  Dr Rahul Maria conducted an interactive chat session where delegates could directly interact with them and resolve their queries & doubts.

Dr Ritesh Gupta, Registrar, J&K State Dental Council,  and representatives from J&KSDC Dr Bhupinder Singh and  Dr Ayush Sharma were also present to guide delegates regarding online registration and renewal and stressed upon the importance of registration of all dentists. Sumeet Gandotra  representative Colgate Palmolive Pvt. Ltd, was also present and displayed  the various  oral hygiene products to the delegates.

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