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  • Also inspects Trauma hospital building at Pattan, directs for its early commissioning

SRINAGAR: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today visited the District Hospital, Baramulla and took stock of the medicare and other allied facilities available for the patients. Accompanied by Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Chief Medical Officer, Baramulla, Dr Bashir Ahmed Chalkoo and Medical Superintendent, Dr Sayeed Masood, the Minister went around various wards and units including, Blood Bank, Laboratory, Operation Theatre, Oxygen Plant and received the detailed appraisal of the facilities. The Minister also interacted with the patients, attendants and enquired about the facilities available in the hospital.

After the inspection of the hospital, the Minister convened a meeting of doctors and paramedics and received detailed account of the activities in the hospital vis-à-vis availability of manpower, medicines, oxygen, diagnostic gadgets, sanitation, flow of patients and other essential items relating to the patient care. He also enquired about the difficulties of the doctors and paramedics.

Lauding the efforts of the doctors and paramedics, especially the Medical Superintendent for ensuring efficient functioning and management of the hospital, the Minister said that people have lot of expectations from them and it is mandatory on the part of every individual to give their best for the satisfaction of the patients. He said Government’s duty is to arrange adequate funds and facilities in the hospitals, but it is doctors and para-medics, which have to deliver on ground and execute things in right perspective in the interest of patient care. He called upon them to continue to make best efforts to serve the patients with missionary zeal, which is the mandate of this noble profession.

Describing the District Hospital as a Model healthcare institution in the State, the Minister said that the Government will take all possible steps to further augment it with other specializations and modern gadgets as per the requirement and to cater the rush of patients. He called upon the Director Health Services and CMO to personally monitor the supply position of medicines and other essential articles to meet the emergencies. He also directed the CMO to conduct frequent field visits to address the needs of the peripheral institutions, adding that healthcare is the paramount importance of the Government and every effort must be made to reach out to the needy, especially in the rural and far-flung areas. He also directed for hundred percent coverage of National Immunization Programme (Pulse Polio) in every corner.

In a power point presentation, the Minister was informed that in an average around 3000 patents are attended in the OPD daily. During the year 2016-17 as many as 4.99 lakh patients in OPD and 25,179 indoor patients were treated. Similarly, 4869 major and 8086 minor operations were performed during the same period. It was further revealed that 3981 deliveries, including 2000 normal and 1981 cesareans were performed in the hospital, besides conducted 45,2115 blood tests, 32992 urine tests, 1953 sputum tests, 34814 X-rays, 21133 USGs, 3771 CT Scans and 17770 ECGs during the previous year.

Later, the Minister also inspected ANMT School, Baramulla and enquired about the academic and other activities. He interacted with the students and faculty. Meanwhile, the Minister also inspected the execution work of newly sanctioned Medical College, Baramulla and received the current status. He was apprised that the work has been started physically recently and a substantial spade work has been completed. He directed the executing agency to speed up the pace and accomplish the project as per the target strictly as per the DPR and specifications. On way back, the Minister also inspected the newly constructed Sub-District Hospital/Accidental Hospital building at Pattan. He was informed that the building has been completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 13.17 crore over 45 kanal of land and is ready for commissioning after final touches soon.

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SRINAGAR: Seeking complete ban on private practice of all government doctors in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that banning private practice of Heads of Departments (HOD’s) and allowing it for all other doctors is illogical. President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that selective ban on private practice of doctors makes no sense.

Government yesterday constituted a committee to implement a government order regarding ban on private practice of HOD’s in Government Medical Colleges. Refraining only HOD’s from private practice won’t help. There has to be a blanket ban on the practice of all doctors. It is ironical that doctors who are appointed full time for public hospitals are allowed to run their private clinics.

Private practice has eaten away government hospitals and is the root cause of healthcare mess. Patient care is the greatest casualty because of dual practice of doctors. Doctors spend most of their time in their private clinics and are not available for patients in government hospitals. Their attention and time is directed more towards their private clinics. They use public hospitals as recruiting grounds for practice and orchestrate scenarios to generate business for their clinics.

Dual practice creates pervasive incentives for doctors to increase waiting time in government hospitals so that patients are forced to go to private hospitals. Doctors misuse the hospital resources for their private patients at the cost of poor patients who cannot afford private consultation. Various committees from time to time have stressed that private practice should be banned.

MCI puts bar on private practice of doctors in all health institutions. Even the courts have observed that the academic character of health institutions gets damaged and the profession of healthcare gets affected by private practice.

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SRINAGAR: Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) in its continuous efforts to upgrade handling of medical emergencies in peripheral hospitals has devised a comprehensive medical emergency programme namely “Emergency Room Skills Course” (ERSC) which was officially launched today at Kashmir Skills & Simulation Centre (KSSC), RIHFW, Dhobiwan. Doctors and Paramedics of District and Sub District Hospitals took part in the first batch of ERSC programme.

This initiative aims for upgrading medical emergencies on modern guidelines. Pertinently the training programmes have been in place for the last four years which has played a significant role while handling emergencies in peripheral hospitals. Earlier the trainings at KSSC were being conducted under different modules viz. Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Room Trauma Course (ERTC) & Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) but the Directorate has come up with an innovation to compile all these modules under one banner so that an in-house three day comprehensive training programme by Master Trainers is deliberated upon as the department was facing hurdles in nominating same human resource for different trainings keeping the duty rosters of the health personnel into consideration.

The modules of ERSC training has been devised as such to streamline, upgrade and provide state of art emergency services in every major health institutes of the peripheral hospitals so that precious lives are being saved. Under this initiative, during the current financial year all Emergency Rooms of District & select Sub District Hospitals will have 24x7 trained staff. Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr Saleem ur Rehman while mentioning that ERSC is a first of its kind training programme across country introduced at the Directorate level said that the department has constituted a Medical Emergency audit team which will be strictly monitoring the trainings, their impact and upgradation of Emergency Rooms and functioning and handling of critical care ambulances.