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  • Also ratifies posting of Prof. Omar Javed as new Dir, constitutes a group to monitor efficient functioning

 

JAMMU: The Governing Body of the SKIMS today ratified the action taken against three faculty members for indulging in private practice and directed SKIMS to institute a full-fledged inquiry in terms of the relevant rules. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here today, who is also chairperson of the Governing Body. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said SKIMS is a premier health institute of the State and no effort to either demean its reputation or compromise the quality of service to patients would be allowed.

 

The Governing Body also ratified the decision of the Government relieving Prof. A G Ahangar of his duties and directing him to report to the GAD. It also authorised the Chairperson of the Governing Body (Chief Minister) to order appropriate enquiry into the issues related to lack of supervision and control by Prof. A G Ahangar over the recent months. The Governing Body also ratified the decision of entrusting Prof. Omar Javed Shah, Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology with the charge of the Director and Ex Officio, Secretary to Government till further orders.

 

The Governing Body also decided to constitute a small management Committee to be set up by SKIMS which shall meet periodically to monitor the functioning of the Institute and recommend measures as would be required to improve its overall functioning. Those who attended the meeting of the Governing Body included Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Baghat; Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu; Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; Prof. Omar Javed Shah, Director, SKIMS; Principals of GMC, Srinagar, Jammu and SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar; Prof. M S Khuroo, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal and Prof Altaf Ramzan(all members of the Governing Body).

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JAMMU: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat has released the 2018 Calendar of Health Department in presence of Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Ms. Asiea Naqash here today. The Calendar that depicts the special activities and achievements of the health department has been designed by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir under the supervision of Director Health, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman.

 

The Minister congratulated the Director Health Services, Kashmir and those associated in bringing out this special Calendar. Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Directors Health Services, Kashmir/Jammu, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Dr. Gurjeet Singh Soodan and other officers of the Health Department were also present on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday welcomed the appointment of Dr Omar Javed Shah as director SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique said we are hopeful he will revive the pristine glory of the institute which is in a sorry state of affairs. He said a graduate from government medical college Srinagar, Dr Shah after completing his post-graduation in surgery joined SKIMS as a faculty member.  He established the department of surgical gastroenterology at SKIMS and described new surgical techniques that have been adopted across the globe.  Recently, he was appointed as dean faculty of medicine.

“A man of impeccable integrity, Dr Shah has excellent managerial skills and is the right person to head the prestigious health institution of the state,” DAK President said.  He said we anticipate that his new role as director will bring accountability in the system and will end sufferings of patients. Dr Nisar said SKIMS which was known for its high standards is in complete mess due to “mismanagement”.

He said there is lobbyism and infighting among doctors that has eaten away SKIMS and patients suffer the consequences. Patients face immense hardships and they leave the hospital dissatisfied with the care they receive. They are made to wait for months for procedures and surgeries so that they are forced to see doctors in their private clinics. It is painful to see patients waiting in long serpentine queues and they end up being seen by students as senior doctors, more often than not are unseen in the hospital.  Absence of senior doctors during emergency hours is responsible for high mortality among critically-ill patients.

Dr Nisar said there is gross indiscipline in the institute and some elements with vested interests are promoting it. “Some days back, when government suspended three senior doctors and removed director for violating the norms, these elements opposed the move which was aimed to restore discipline and streamline the functioning of the institute for public good,” he said.