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  • MLA Batamaloo donates ambulance to SKIMS Hospital, Bemina


SRINAGAR: The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of SKIMS Medical College & Hospital, Bemina today organised a CME (CSEP and a Live Operative Workshop) on Endometriosis demonstrating the live surgeries. The workshop was inaugurated by Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Baghat, who was Chief Guest on the occasion. MLA Batamaloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director SKIMS, Prof. A.G Ahanger, Vice Chairman, Selection Committee, SKIMS, Prof M.S Khuroo, Principals SKIMS Medical College and Hospital Bemina, Prof. Riyaz Ahmad Untoo, Dean Academics, SKIMS, Prof. Altaf Kirmani, Organizing Chairperson, ENDOCON 2017, Prof. Rifat Ara were also present on the occasion.


Experts from outside State which include Dr B.B Dash and Dr. Ajay Wakhloo demonstrated the live surgeries. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stated that the Government has taken measures to strengthen the medical education and health care institutions of the State. He complimented the Principal, Dr. ReyazUntoo for his tireless efforts and putting the SKIMS Medical College on fast track development and assured full support from the Government for the development of SKIMS Medical College, Bemina.


Bhagat said that it is his dream to see SKIMS Medical College as a top-notch College in the State. He said efforts are being put in to amalgamate the newly constructed 250-bedded Maternity & Child Care Hospital with SKIMS Medical College-Hospital, Bemina which will enhance its overall functioning. On the occasion, MLA Batamaloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh donated an ambulance to SKIMS Hospital Bemina from his constituency development fund.


In his address, he complimented the hospital administration who undertook the task of operating a large number of emergency patients referred from Government L. D. Hospital in May 2017 when fire broke out in there. He assured full support for the amalgamation of newly constructed 250-bedded Maternity & Child Care Hospital with the SKIMS Medical College, Bemina.


The Organizing Chairperson of the Workshop, Prof. RifatAra, HOD Gynaecology & Obstetrics, SKIMS Medical College, Bemina explained the importance of the workshop and stated that such surgical procedures are being done in a few centres of the State. Prof. M. S. Khuroo said the need of the hour to strengthen the institution by putting in collective efforts and creating better patient care services both in quality and quantity.



The Principal of the College, Dr. Reyaz Untoo, explained the measures taken for removal of the deficiencies pointed out by the MCI like faculty, staff and infrastructural deficiencies. Many faculty posts that got filled up through proper selection and more than hundreds of para-medical vacancies filled up through proper selection which resulted in the removal of deficiency pointed out by the MCI on account of faculty and other categories of staff.

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JAMMU: Two day sensitization programme on Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 concludes at State Judicial Academy Jammu here today. With an aim to strengthen the judicial and administrative institutions and to improve skills and efficacy of judicial system, the J&K State Judicial Academy had organised 2- day sensitization program for all the stakeholders of the justice delivery system.

The event was attended by Former Judge High Court J&K, Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, Director J&K State Judicial Academy, Ab Rashid Malik, Advocate, Mehmood Pracha, Presiding Officer, Ashok Koul,Food Safety Appellate Tribunal, Chief Judicial Magistrates and other concerned officers. Speaking on the theme of the program on the occassion, Justice Hasnain said that all the concerned officers are directed to performme their role to every extent for the implementation of the Act. He said that increasing use of injecting hormone and steroids make veggies and fruits very harmful and cause health hazards which He said need to be curbed. He also added every person has right to life and right to health which need to be safeguarded.

He further said that the legal professionals and other concerned officers are key actors of the law and have responsibility to safeguard the right and safety of people guaranteed by the constitution. On the occasion, Director J&KSJA said that Food Safety is critical for our health and envisages honest, committed and sincere implementing machinery. He also said that Judiciary stands committed to the ideal of right to life and public health and such programmes give us an ample opportunity to feel sensitized and alive towards our functions and duties. Advocate, Mehmood Pracha deliberated upon the overview and salient features of the food safety and Standards Act, through a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) is catering to the patient care of the Valley in particular and the State of J&K in general ever-since 1982 at tertiary level with the help of its dedicated manpower and state-of-art Technology and Augmented Infrastructure. For all these three and half decades Respiratory and Pathologies including viral infections have always been a considerable workload for the Department  of General  Medicine  and its allied Specialties supported by all other diagnostics, and therapeutic services that carters to Infections, Airway Diseases and Malignancies and other age related Degenerative Disorders affecting the respiratory system. 

Off late, world has seen a surge in various health related infectious pathologies including Swine-flu (H1N1) and all other influenza related ailments. Present world being literally one village on an account of business, trade, travel and other activities, the frequent movements all across the globe is responsible for transmission of such infectious diseases from one place to another, that sometimes takes epidemic proportions, tax any health care system in the world like the ones we have seen in the past with regard to swine flu, Mad cow diseases (Foot and Mouth disease in cattle), Ebola virus and Zika virus syndromes that forced  even travel ban in different parts of the world on different occasions. 

With the seasonal variations in our State particularly in our Valley during autumn and winter season, as the temperature dips, the viral surge in the atmosphere leads to increased incidence of such infections forcing people to take necessary precautions in order to avoid the escalation and spread of such infectious diseases. No part of the world and for that matter no population is immune to such epidemics least the valley of Kashmir, which is unfortunately as on date, facing slightly increased surge in Swine flu (H1N1) infections. 

SKIMS is bearing the maximum brunt of this patient population because of the tertiary care facilities available at this Center and more so because of other peripheral health care Institutions of the Valley choose to refer /send the patients to SKIMS rather than looking them at their respectively places despite availability of Infrastructural and other facility for managing these patients at primary and secondary level. 

Directorate of Health Services has issued an advisory in this regard for making awareness amongst the general masses and SKIMS is working hand in hand with the Directorate of Health Services in providing the only tertiary care facilities to handle this specific patient load as well. SKIMS has dedicated an area of Isolation ward with facilities even for Ventilation as and when required for treating these patients, where in all the precautions are taken to restrict to spread of this infection simultaneously managing these patients. Beside this isolation ward the adjacent Medical Observation Ward, Surgical Intensive Care and all other relevant Departments at SKIMS take care of these patients who suffer from other co-morbidities diseases that make them immune compromised, thus vulnerable to such infections. 

As on date SKIMS has treated 24 positive cases of H1N1, out of which 12 have been discharged, 5 are under treatment and unfortunately 7 patients have expired because of other co-morbidities primarily like Malignancies, leukemia, COPD, Immune compromised states. All these patients are managed by the Department of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pulmonary Medicine and all other correlated disciplines depending on the nature of underline aliments. 

The staff members looking after these patients have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) /masks and other facilities for their personal protection as well as immunization against H1N1. SKIMS have designated labs for H1N1 testing in the Virology section of Microbiology and General Medicine. Research projects under Pulmonary Medicine headed by Prof Parvaiz Ahmad koul and Virology under Prof Dilip kakru of Microbiology Department, who are the Principal Investigators for virology and pulmonary projects respectively. 

Advisory for Public 

·       In Case of fever, cough, sneezing, body aches, running nose H1N1 should be suspected. 

·       Maintain hand hygiene by washing with soap and water. 

·       Maintain proper cough and sneeze etiquette. 

·       Vaccine high risk groups like Pregnancy, Diabetic, Liver Disease, Heart Disease, Malignancy, and Transplant Patients. 

·       Patients on Immune-Suppressive drugs. 

·       Patients who develop Breathlessness, Restlessness, High Grade Fever should report to emergency department of hospital. 

·       People suspected or confirmed of H1N1 infection should take rest and confine themselves indoor for 3-5 days after taking medical advice. 

·       Take rest, adequate fluids, Paracetmol Immediately and take advice of a doctor. 

·       No need to panic or scare.