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SRINAGAR: SKIMS, the premier public healthcare institution of Kashmir on which millions of Kashmiris depend for their heath care needs, witnessed patients and their attendants having terrible times on Saturday due to strike called by  The resident doctors association (RDA) of SKIMS, they have called for an indefinite strike on Friday against non-fulfillment of their demands regarding removal of pay anomaly.  Both outpatient and casualty departments remained closed due to a strike by the resident doctors.

Pertinently, a memorandum by RDA SKIMS addressed to government has insisted that the strike would continue till a written commitment in addressing their demands was not issued. The demands include bringing the pay band of SKIMS resident doctors at par with that of resident doctors of PGI and AIIMS, implementation of 7th pay commission recommendation and timely release of 7th pay commission arrears.

Painfully enough for patients, the strike has affected all hospital facilities, including emergency, resulting in inconvenience to patients, many of whom had come from far off places to seek treatment. Reports state that Many patients admitted at SKIMS for surgeries were discharged due to shortage of doctors.

Gulzar Ahmed, a patient stated – “ The resident Doctors strike here at SKIMS has brought functioning of this premier public health care hospital to grinding halt. It was for the first time that emergency block of SKIMS had been closed. Emergencies were always kept functional in the past irrespective of the nature of the strikes . The authorities should wake up and settle the issues as these type of strikes take a heavy toll on we the patients and causes huge damage.” 

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JAMMU: A Screening Health Camp of RBSK was inaugurated at Government Higher Secondary School Pouni by ADC Babu Ram in presence of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Parminder Singh. During the screening health camp, 8 mobile health teams provided consultation to 1027 children from various schools & anganwadi Centers. Specialists consultations was provided to 226 children, out of which 2 children were found with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), 10 Otitis Media, 3 Neuro Motor Impairment, 2 Developmental Delay of Hip (DDH), 1 Down Syndrome ,1 Cataract, 9 Deafness (Hearing Impairment), 41 Visual Impairment & 151 Dental Problems, 3 ptotis, 1 reactive airway.

 

During the camp, all the children were given free deworming tablets, age appropriate Vitamin A doses and refreshments. Free medicines were given to 564 children suffering with minor ailments. Adolescent girls were given counseling on Menstrual Hygiene. Further 62 adults were provided Health checkups and given free medicines. Information regarding various health programmes of National Health Mission was provided by Dr. Narinder Bhutial and a team of Psychologist, AFHC / NCD Counsellor, District ASHA Coordinator & Physiotherapist.

 

Tehsildar Pouni, SDPO Pouni, Principal Higher Secondary School Pouni, Dr. Narinder Bhutial, Programme Manager, Quality Assurance/RKSK/Kaykalp & Sheetal Raina , State SNCU Coordinator, SHS, NHM, J&K,  Block Medical Officer Pouni, ZEO Pouni, BDO Pouni, Staff Members of District Programme Management Unit Reasi, Officers/ Officials from Health  were present in the camp.

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SRINAGARScores of attendants at Lalla Ded hospital in Srinagar on Thursday staged a protest against the alleged mismanagement by the authorities at the maternity facility. Scores of the attendants assembled outside the main gate raising slogans against the administration hampered the traffic movement for hours. The protestors alleged that the hospital authorities inside maternity ward are asking for bribe even for a child birth.
 
Meanwhile protester told news agency Press Trust of Kashmir that it is a state-run hospital poor and patients from far-flung areas often come here, “suppose if a patient doesn’t have money for the bribe does that mean he won’t be allowed to get inside the hospital, he said. The patients also alleged that this is not the first time; patients have often complained about such things and even took up the matter with authorities, these things are very normal now. However, a police official said that it’s actually a case of “manhandling”, but they are investigating the matter what exactly has happened there. The attendants, later on, marched towards the office of the medical superintendent.