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SRINAGAR: Believe it or not, there is a single doctor posted at Primary Health Centre Lawyapora in the outskirts of Srinagar city who takes care of all patients. The doctor posted is a dental surgeon but she performs even the role of a gynecologist. “Patients with different ailments visit this health centre and the doctor takes care of them, even prescribes medicines to them about which she has no scientific knowledge. It is not her fault. She is a dedicated doctor but is hapless as authorities are not posting anymore doctors here,” said a group of locals to news agency CNS.  “It is a hell of a job and the doctor posted here really is overburdened. Due to staff crunch, she can’t avail an off even,” said lcoals. They appealed Health Department to depute another doctor at the Centre.

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SRINAGAR:  “More than five years have passed since the liver transplant unit was sanctioned at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), but it has failed to take off,” said Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday in a communique. “While the facility was approved to save lives, nothing has been done to make this life-saving unit functional,”  said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

He said the liver transplant unit was envisaged in 2013, but since then no initiative has been taken by authorities at SKIMS to start the unit. “A yearly grant of Rupees one crore was sanctioned for placement of trained staff, but till date no infrastructure has been put in place and no staff was trained,” said DAK President. “The space, which was designated for the unit, has been converted into chambers for consultants,” he said.

Dr Nisar said even the services of two trained liver transplant surgeons have not been utilized and one of the them has submitted his resignation as his skill was wasted. He said the issue of liver transplant is not being even discussed at any platform and SKIMS authorities seem to be unwilling to start the unit. “With no transplant facility, salvageable liver failure patients are dying,” he added.

Dr Nisar said patients with liver failure and end-stage liver disease are on rise in Kashmir and the only viable option for them is liver transplantation. “Liver transplant is the replacement of a diseased liver by some or all of a healthy liver from a live or  cadaveric (brain dead) donor,” he said. “The availability of liver transplantation has transformed the lives of patients with advanced liver disease, but in Kashmir valley they continue to be in despair and seem to have no hope of survival,” said Dr Nisar.

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SRINAGAR: In order to alleviate the sufferings of cancer patients and to take the patient care at public door steps, department of pain and palliative care provides free home care facility for terminally ill cancer patients.  Dr. Fir Afroz Prof Radiation Oncology &   HOD Pain & Palliative Care while giving details said; home care facility was started in 2015 and has been fully appreciated since its inception. This facility is provided for two days a week.  

The department also provides pain management, day care facility, free pharmacy for poor and needy cancer patients besides financial help through different centrally & State sponsored programmes. In addition department through various NGO’S such as  Jiv Daya foundation (USA), cancer society of Kashmir (CSK), Indian cancer society Mumbai (ICS), Vcare foundation Mumbai, Cankids, leukemia crusaders (Delhi), also provide treatment support and other medical and logistic support to poor patients and thousands of patients have been benefitted   from this initiative, she added.

Director  SKIMS Dr. Omar Javed Shah hailed department for this sustained  initiative which is benefitting poor patients. He said the support is also extended to patients with kidney and cardiac aliments and the Pain &  Pallaitive Care department  through  various organisations  provide  logistic support to poor patients in the form of drugs, artificial  limbs, eye prosthesis, Air mattresses, Domiciliary oxygen, Nebulizers, oxygen concentrators and cylinders etc. which is appreciable as thousands of terminally sick patients are benefitted.  He further added that currently the home care facility is limited to  district Srinagar only and will be extended to other districts also in order to provide palliation to patients at their door steps.