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SRINAGAR: A free medical camp was organised by Ahsan Foundation and J&K Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA), with support from South East Asia Prayer Centre (SEAPC) at Gund Hassibath, Srinagar today. More than 150 patients including children and women, with chronic ailments were provided specialised treatment with free medicines. The team of doctors comprised of Dr Timothy Jones, Dr Laurel Houck, Jean Jones, Harry Mundorff and Micheal Wolf.

The team was provided support by Fr. Vinu Kaul from the Diocese and Rahi Riyaz Ahmed. The locals appreciated the efforts put in by the International team of doctors. The camp was inaugurated by Executive Director JKVHA A.M.Mir (IAS Retd). Earlier, the doctors held similar medical camps at Pulwama, Pahalgam and Ganderbal and are scheduled to hold another camp at Tangmarg tomorrow. Among others present on the occasion were locals and volunteers.

 

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SRINAGAR: Director Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) Dr Saleem ur Rehman today held a meeting at Directorate to deliberate upon the health targets mentioned under Transformation of Aspirational District (TAD) scheme of NITI Ayog. Government of India  has embarked on a policy of giving special focus and attention 115 districs across 29 states for achieveing their rapid transformation.This is intune with Prime Minster’s vision 2022 of transforming India over the next five years.The scheme has been named as Transformation of Aspirational District (TAD)scheme.District Barmaulla & Kupwara have been identified in the state of J&K as aspirational districts under the said initiative. 

The meeting was attended by Chief Medical Officer Kupwara along with all district Block Medical Officers,District Tuberculosis officer. DHSK stressed upon the officials that the Government under NITI Ayog is committed in raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all – “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”.It focuses upon enabling optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the vibrant economy. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus. 

The District Health Officers of Kupwara present in the meet apprised the Director in terms of current health status of the District and way ahead to achieve the goals under the said scheme.The deliberation was assisted with a power point presentation also.DHSK directed the officials to work with utmost devotion in order to achieve the objectives that have been laid down under the TAD scheme.

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KISHTWAR: Senior National Conference leader and former minister, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on Monday expressed deep anguish over death of a lady patient due to medical negligence at District Hospital Kishtwar. In a statement, the NC MLC sought inquiry and appropriate action against Dr Gurdev Singh, Assistant Surgeon in District Hospital, Kishtwar for the negligence.

Describing the incident as inhuman, Mr Kichloo said the carelessness led to the death of the lady, namely Shakeela Begum, wife of Mohammed Iqbal, resident of  Sangrambhatta, Kishtwar. The deceased lady, suffering from stone problem, was operated by Dr Singh in District Hospital, Kishtwar. After the surgery, a piece of cotton is reported to have remained inside the abdomen due to which her condition deteriorated. After her condition became critical she was referred to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu for further treatment but in unknown circumstances she was again referred to Srinagar for required treatment.

The statement added that due to the avoidable travelling and infection having spread in her body, the lady was declared dead by the doctors at Srinagar. “Now the people of Sangrambhatta are demanding to lodge an FIR against the said doctor for his negligence”, the statement said. Demanding immediate suspension of the said doctor, Mr Kichloo sought setting of an enquiry committee to fix the responsibility. He assured the people that justice will definitely be delivered to the family of the deceased and asked the government for release of adequate compensation.