SKIMS playing vital role in JK’s healthcare sector: Kumar

SRINAGAR, DEC 5: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today said that the annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura was a day of commemoration, celebration, thanksgiving and patting each other for 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 36th Foundation Day of SKIMS Soura at SKICC here today. He was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Advisor to the Governor, B B Vyas and Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma were the Guests of Honor. Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion.
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 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.
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 cr and allocation for SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina is around Rs 8 cr.
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 cr from MPLAD for the construction of the same.
Later Kumar alongwith other Advisors e-inaugurated various key projects of SKIMS which included Burn Ward, OPD Block, Library, Staff road and Gastroenterology lab etc. He also released SKIMS Annual Report, 2018 and SKIMS Insight Magazine and Disaster manual.