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JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma who is also Chairman Regional Red Cross Society today inaugurated a blood donation camp organized by Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF) in collaboration with Indian Red Society Jammu Region and Blood Transfusion Department GMCH at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Akhnoor here today. About 70 volunteers donated blood on the occasion.

Among others, Honorary Secretary Indian Red Cross Society Jammu, Dinesh Gupta, Zonal Incharge SNCF Ajit Singh, SDM Akhnoor, doctors, paramedical staff of GMCH besides senior citizens and a large number of volunteers were present on the occasion. Divisional Commissioner while speaking on the occasion lauded the gesture of SNCF and Red Cross Society for organizing regular blood donation camps. He appreciated philanthropic initiatives of the SNCF, saying that the organization is doing yeoman’s service for the mankind by organizing blood donation camps and other social events.

Earlier, Div Com was briefed about the activities and initiatives of the Mission and informed that the main objective of the Mission was to maintain peace, unity and development of the mankind across the globe and numerous initiatives have been undertaken in this direction. Sanjeev Verma urged SNCF to organize plantation and cleanliness drives in the region to save the environment from pollution. He said that the ongoing season is the best time for plantation of saplings adding that government will provide necessary assistance in this regard.

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SRINAGAR: A telemedicine node has been made fully functional at the Base Camp Hospital Panjtarni. This Telemedicine node is a collaborative of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) & Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).The Base Camp hospital is one of the five main health facilities set up by the department of the Health enroute Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra. Panjtarni Base Camp Hospital, situated at an altitude site of 12,700 feet caters to a varied group of patients suffering from high altitude and other ailments which can prove fatal if not treated in time. An ICU type set-up has been established at the site including specialists trained in handling critically ill patients, have been deployed. 

Dr Pawan Kotwal Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education said that the telemedicine facility will give a boost to the functioning of this hospital as the the doctors posted at the hospital can connect in real time to the tertiary care institutions of the country including Post Graduate Institute of Emergency Medical Research (PGIEMR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), etc where from expert opinions of various superspecialities including cardiology, neurology, respiratory medicine etc can be sought for timely intervention. 

Dr Saleem ur Rehman, Director General, Health Services (DGHS) said that it has been the efforts of the department to provide apt services to the yatra pilgrims and using modern technology at these high altitude sites. He further said that the department has provided other contemporary high technology equipments enroute Holy Cave including Automatic CPR Machine, Ventilatory Support Machinery, Critical Care Diagnostics, AEDs, HAPO Bags, Defibrillators, Cardiac Monitors etc. and all the drugs required to run Emergency Casualty services as per current protocols which has led to drastic decrease in mortalities.

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SRINAGAR: The Department of Community Medicine SKIMS has set up a Blood Storage Unit at health centre Sumbal on 12th  of July  in collaboration with the Department of Blood Transfusion & Immunohematology SKIMS. The inauguration was done by Dr. Rauf-ur Rashid Kaul, Professor, In-Charge & Nodal Officer in the Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS. This fulfilled a long awaited demand of the people in this constituency. Also, on this occasion a blood donation camp was held in which people from all walks of life including doctors and paramedics donated the blood voluntarily.Twenty two points of blood were collected during the programme. During this event the participants were made aware of the benefits of the voluntary donation of blood.