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  • Lauds Nirankari Foundation for philanthropic services

JAMMU: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat launched a day-long vigorous sanitation drive being organized by the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF) at Government Medical College, here today. Principal GMC, Dr. Sunanda Raina, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Dara Singh, Zonal Head of SNCF, S. Ajit Singh and hundreds of volunteers of the Nirankari Foundation and doctors and para-medics of GMC were present on the occasion.

 

As a tribute to former head of the SNCF Baba Hardev Singh on his 64th birth anniversary, the sanitation drive is being organized by the volunteers of this social organization throughout the country in all hospital premises and other public places like railway stations, bus stands etc. In Jammu also, the drive was also carried out at other city hospitals including, SMGS, Sarwal, Gandhi Nagar, besides Jammu Railway Station, Bus Stand.

While interacting with the media persons on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the role of Sant Nirankari Foundation Trust and said that this one of world’s prominent social organization is doing yeoman’s service to the society. He said the Foundation is rendering several social activities and serving the mankind for the past many decades and contributing immensely. He said the Government always acknowledges their good work, especially in the field of health and education. He complimented the Zonal head and all volunteers for their self-less services to the society and organizing frequent blood donation camps and sanitation drives.

The Zonal Head SNFT informed that the sanitation drive which was initially launched by the Foundation head late Baba Hardev Singh himself in the year 2003 and is a routine affair every year to mark his birth anniversary. He said the foundation is also carrying out several social activities with special focus on eradication of social evils, organizing blood donation camps and free medical, eye for the poor frequently across the State. The foundation also distributed free tea and snacks to the patients and all those present on the occasion.

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  • Appreciates new initiatives, calls for sustained efforts

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan today reviewed the working of the healthcare sector in Kashmir wherein he was apprised of new initiatives taken by the department for the benefit of people. The meeting was attended by Director Health, CMOs and other officials of the department. The Director gave a detailed presentation on the working of the department. He said that the department is massively investing in adopting information technology so that the healthcare becomes efficient and easy for the general public.

 

The Div Com appreciated the working of the department and said that the biggest proof comes in the shape of recognition at national level. He informed that the neonatal mortality rate has come down heavily due to initiatives were taken by the department. He lauded the standard operating procedure (SoP) adopted by the department tailor-made for every district based on their needs.

Giving the example of District Hospital Pulwama, the Director said that round-the-clock monitoring of hospitals, purchase of new machinery, repair of old machinery, public grievance redressal system and other initiatives have shown substantial improvement. The Director said that color coding of bed sheets (separate color for each day) and mandatory filling of feedback from the patients and attendants has brought down corruption levels. He said that the response time to emergencies has come down to just 45 seconds at the major district hospital which helped in saving hundreds of lives this winter.

 

The Div Com also lauded the progress at Kashmir Skill and Simulation centre, where doctors from other states are also coming for training purpose. He directed the officials to continue the initiatives so that the healthcare sector in Kashmir emerges as the most efficient one in the country.

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  • Specialist from National Capital educates people about innovation in cancer treatment methods

JAMMU: Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals– a multispecialty hospital in New Delhi – today organised a Health Awareness Conference in Jammu highlighting the benefits of the latest cancer research and treatment methods, especially those based on precision medicine. The event sought to raisecancer awareness by focusing on its causes, symptoms and treatments. Addressing the audience, Dr Sameer Kaul, Senior Consultant (Surgical Oncology), Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said, “We are entering an era of rapidly-evolving transformation in cancer research and a shifting paradigm of standardized healthcare where detailed genetic and molecular data on a patient’s cancer is used for personalized precision treatments.”

 

Elaborating on the evolution of cancer research, Dr Kaul added, “Sequencing of individual patient tumours has revolutionized oncology because the genetic information highlights molecular changes in a specific patient’s cancer. This provides the understanding that tumours differ within a sample (tumour heterogeneity) and that each patient’s individual tumour is an assemblage of inimitable molecular irregularities requiring an equally exclusive personalized therapeutic regimen.” An open house was organised at the end, where Dr Kaul addressed various public queries related to cancer and debunked many allied myths.