SRINAGAR, DEC 05: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar today said the annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura was a day of commemoration, celebration, thanksgiving and patting each other for the creation of such an institute which has played a tremendous role in filling critical healthcare gaps in the State.
K Vijay Kumar said this while speaking at the 36th Foundation Day of SKIMS Soura at SKICC here today. He was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while as Advisor to the Governor, B.B Vyas and Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma were guests of honor. Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion.
The Advisors were flanked by Director, SKIMS, Dr Omar Javed Shah, Principal, SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar, Prof Riyaz A Untoo, senior doctors including Dr Shariq Masoodi, Dr Raffit Hassan, Dr Fazzal Qadir Parray on the podium.
Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar recalled the contribution of SKIMS founder and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
“My first interaction with Sheikh Sahab was when I visited guest house in Tamil Naidu, where he had come for vacations,” Kumar recalled. “It was overwhelming to see how he would talk about his vision for the State.”
Kumar lauded the SKIMS authorities for their immense contribution in the field of medicine and healthcare in the State. “I have been associated with SKIMS since 1997. I used to come to SKIMS to look after the patients—who were the victims of the situation,” he said. “You took equal care of all. That’s where humanity in doctors comes in. There is nothing that counts. You are in a noble service and I am extremely delighted that I am closely working with the medical fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.”
On technology and medicine, Kumar said that the new inventions and techno-inputs were creating wonders in the field of medicine across the world.
Sharing his vast experience of working in various capacities across the country, Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma, who was guest of honour on the occasion, said that there were different models of hospital administrations and the model (Governing Body, Autonomy) through which the SKIMS runs was the best modal.
Sharma said that by giving autonomy to institute which is governed and managed by its doctors, the best decisions come out from such health institution. “This governing body and autonomous modal also help in inter-departmental coordination in any health institution,” Sharma said.
He emphasized that the overall progress of SKIMS from last 36 years shows that the model with autonomy to the governing body functions very well and leads to the success stories.
He congratulated the doctors and other officials for carrying out their professional work and working hard for providing the best possible healthcare to the masses.
On the occasion the organizers informed that this year more than one million patients have visited SKIMS OPD, so far.
Sharma said that the State government is committed to provide its support to the SKIMS in terms of allocation of funds for procurement of better healthcare equipment and the up-gradation of infrastructure. For the year 2018-2019 the capital allocation for SKIMS is around Rs 26 crore and allocation for SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina is around Rs 8 crore. He lauded Principal, SKIMS Medical College for running the institute in a professional way.
He also spoke about getting funds for languishing projects and various projects approved for SKIMS. He said SKIMS has been given authorization for the Cath Lab costing around Rs 8 crore under the languishing projects scheme.
The authorization has also been given for the construction of drug de-addiction center and procurement of MRI machine at SKIMS Medical College hospital, Bemina which costs around Rs 8 crore each.
Sharma said there are various proposals under consideration including Advanced Pediatric Centre with the estimated cost of Rs 123 crore and 100 bedded maternity hospital to be established in SKIMS. He said various initiatives are being looked into for further strengthening the healthcare facilities in SKIMS.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah applauded SKIMS for its contribution as a center of excellence in healthcare. Dr Abdullah while speaking about various researches going around the world in health said that Jammu and Kashmir lack in the field of medical research. He stressed upon the doctors to focus more on research—which would bring them many accolades.
He asked them to come up with tangible research which can help in curing certain incurable body ailments. Observing that there is a dire need for the construction of an auditorium at SKIMS, Dr Farooq announced Rs 1 crore from MPLAD for the construction of the same.
Director SKIMS, who is also Ex-officio secretary to the Government, Dr Omar Javed Shah in his address paid tributes to its founder and former Directors for their great contribution in making SKIMS a prestigious Institute of the State which serves needy patients who can’t afford the treatment outside the state.
He highlighted the activities and achievements of SKIMS and enlisted key projects upgraded and under execution. He reiterated his commitment to make SKIMS “center of excellence—saying SKIMS has evolved over the years and brought in diversification in various fields of medicine and surgery and allied. It has gained the trust and faith of the community at large.
Faculty advised to do research, enhance skills
SRINAGAR, Dec 5: On the 36th annual day of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, on Wednesday asked its faculty to focus more on research and skill enhancement.
“You don’t have to treat only patients but doing research is a great thing only then you will succeed. I am having kidney transplant and cancer is major problem. Diabetes is emerging and you have to find its cure.. You do more research and find a cure for diabetes and SKIMS will receive noble prize,” Farooq said in his address.
He regretted that SKIMS is yet to have its own auditorium. However, he announced Rs 1 crore for construction of auditorium for SKIMS from his constituency development fund.
In his address, Kumar, who inaugurated several projects for SKIMS, advised the medicos to enhance their skills.
“You are doing extremely well. Doctors and nurses shall not feel threatened and cannot be replaced by machines. But you have to acquire the skills,” he said, who was chief guest on the occasion in absence of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who skipped the function.
Kawal Kumar Sharma, Bharat Bhushan Vyas, advisors to governor, former directors of deans, faculty members were also present on the occasion.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javaid Shah highlighted the achievement of SKIMS. On the occasion, several staff members received the awards for the exemplary services.
Dark homes, waterlogged streets: Story of Kashmir after few inches of snow
Srinagar, Jan 17: The public utility services, especially power and transportation, have been badly hit by Wednesday’s snowfall exposing the authorities’ lack of preparedness.
Kashmir received light to moderate snowfall since Wednesday morning and with it, the supply of electricity, which was already patchy, became even worse.
People, even after the snowfall stopped, complained of facing abrupt power cuts.
Mohammad Altaf, a resident of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, said that electricity was yet to be restored in his area.
He termed the assurances given by the government regarding the early restoration of electricity as “baseless”.“People of this constituency have been suffering terribly due to the absence of electricity. In addition, many roads have not been cleared yet,” he said.
The residents of main town Anantnag and its adjoining Dialgam and Kadipora areas too complained of unscheduled power cuts.
The situation is almost similar in the summer capital.“For the last two days, we face abrupt power cuts. Our children are not able to prepare for the exams due to power cuts in the evening hours. They have to study under candlelight and lanterns,” said Gulzar Ahmad, a resident of Habak, an otherwise metered area.
In non-metered ones, the supply is even worse.“We face frequent power cuts. We don’t know when the power will remain on and off,” said Kaisar Ahmad, a resident of Qamarwari.
The residents of the main town Baramulla too complained of facing unscheduled and frequent power-cuts, especially since Wednesday.
Chief Engineer, Power Development Department, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, claimed the electricity had been “restored almost in all areas”.“Some areas face power cuts due to overloading,” he added.
Waterlogged streets were another issue that people had to deal with.“There is immense water logging in our area due to lack of drainage system,” said Ghulam Jeelani, a resident of Qamarwari.
Due to waterlogging, the city areas including Tourist Reception Centre, Jehangir Chowk, Batamaloo, and Budshah Chowk witnessed heavy traffic jams.
An official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that only 40 per cent Srinagar has a proper drainage system in place.
“Under AMRUT scheme, the centre will provide Rs 390 crore in the next five years for the drainage system in Srinagar and Rs 300 crore will come from the World Bank project for it,” the official added
He agreed that there were several by-lanes, which have not been cleared yet due to lack of adequate snow clearing machines.
Kin of 9 arrested youth protest for their release
Srinagar, Jan 17: Scores of women Thursday protested at Rajouri Kadal here demanding the immediate release of their sons and kin, who, they claimed, were being handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) after being detained by J&K Police last year.
Shouting slogans against the state police and the NIA, the women, most mothers of those arrested, assembled at Rajouri Kadal square in the morning and blocked the main road.
They demanded an immediate release of the nine boys, who were arrested by the police in November.
The detained persons, as per news agency GNS were identified as Tahir Ahmad Khan son of Ali Mohammad of Chandrigam, Tral, and Haris Mushtaq Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad of Wathoora, Budgam.
The duo was arrested by the police in Srinagar on November 23.
On their disclosure, police sources said that seven more persons were arrested in subsequent days.
They included Abdul Ahad Mir son of Ghulam Mohammad of Khurhama, Kupwara and six other Srinagar residents: Asif Suhail Nadaf son of Latief Ahmad of Rainwari; Irfan Ahmad Seeru son of Mohammad Shaban of Nawa Kadal; Wahid Abbas Bhat son of Mohammad Abbas of Rajouri Kadal; Ashiq Hussain son of Bashir Ahmad of Nowhatta; Haris Rashid Langoo son of Abdul Rashid of Malik Sahib Gojwara; and Arif Majeed Khan son of Abdul Majeed of Hawal.
Quoting police sources, GNS had reported that all the arrested were “working as over-ground workers (OGWs) of militant outfits and police had also recovered two pistols along with 14 rounds, three grenades, one bara bore single barrel rifle, one ISIS flag and one cutter.”
The protesting women, however, claim their sons and kin are “innocent”.
“Police had assured he will be released soon but even after frequent visits to the police station, he has not been released yet. We read from the internet a few days ago that they will be sent to Jammu for NIA investigation,” said Sameena, whose brother is among those arrested.
Another woman, who has already lost her husband, said her son is in jail for the last around two months “without any charges”.
The police have already refuted the reports claiming the youths were being handed over to the NIA. “In this context, it is clarified that the instant case FIR No 93/2018 was registered at Police Station Kothi Bagh under the relevant sections of law. This case was subsequently taken over by NIA and all the arrested accused persons in this case are presently in Judicial Custody,” the police spokesperson said.
Alok Mittal, NIA spokesperson too denied such reports saying: “We did not receive any such cases.”
IGP Kashmir and SSP Srinagar did not respond to repeated phone calls.
Political astuteness not economic packages needed to resolve Kashmir: Mehbooba
Srinagar, Jan 17: Former Chief Minister and President People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday reiterated that dialogue and reconciliation between India and Pakistan have become inevitable for the resolution of Kashmir issue and that the decades old conflict cannot be resolved by the announcement of the economic packages.
While addressing the party functionaries and activists from Rajpora assembly segment, Mehbooba said that the resilience of the PDP workers is worth to hail as they in spite of the harsh weather attended the meeting in large numbers and gave a clear message that the party is going to emerge victorious and more stronger in the coming time.
Hailing the impeccable courage and determination with which the PDP workers have been strengthening the party on the ground, Mehbooba said that the real asset for the PDP since its foundation in 1999 has been its ground level workers.
PDP President stated further that after the 2014 polls accorded fragmented mandate to state’s political landscape, PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed decided to stitch the common ground with BJP will the sole motive to reincarnate the Vajpayee era in the state and to stop the vicious cycle of unabated killings and violence. “Even when I told my father that the decision to join hands with the BJP has more risks than rewards and would decline party’s popularity in the state, he said he was ready to sacrifice everything including his own self if that resolves the decades old conflict,”
Mehbooba said, adding that her father was confident that dialogue and reconciliation would be initiated and same measures taken during Vajpayee’s time shall be witnessed once again. “However, when on November 7, 2015 Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Srinagar, he announced 80 thousand crore package but exhibited reluctance in pitching for a thaw between India and Pakistan for peace in the state. This disheartened everyone including the people who had come from far flung areas to listen to the Prime Minister,” Mehbooba said.