Health care government’s most important concern: Omar

 Srinagar, January 05(Scoop News) –Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday said that his government has focused health care sector as one of the important concerns in the State’s development policy adding that alongwith strengthening health infrastructure in rural areas upgradation and modernization of tertiary health care institutions is receiving equal attention.

            Inaugurating Madr-e-Meherban College of Nursing and Genetic Study and Clinical Research Centres besides laying foundations of OPD emergency block and Sarai at SKIMS here this morning, the Chief Minister said that the vision of creating an apex institute of modern health facilities in Srinagar was envisioned by Late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to provide latest medical treatment to the people within the State.

            Omar Abdullah said that though the growth and development of SKIMS received jolt due to turmoil in the Valley, the institution provided best possible medicare to the people in all times. He said that his government wants the institution to achieve new highs and be at par with AIIMS and other reputed health institutions in the Country.

            The Chief Minster said that Sheikh Sahib’s desire of a full-fledged modern hospital at Soura now rechristened as Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) was aimed at serving twin purposes of providing modern medical treatment to the people and encouraging medical tourism in the Valley. He said Sheikh Sahib also established Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar to supplement his idea and pave the way for better health care treatment to people alongwith generating economic activities.

            Omar Abdullah said that his government would provide all possible help to the institutions to grow and attain one of the best position in health care institutions of the Country.

            The Chief Minister said that the Super Speciality Hospital at Jammu and various modern district hospitals would further strengthened the health care status of the State adding that the focus is also on improving and upgrading rural health institutions to expand orbit of modern health care to people in villages and reduce the pressure on hospitals in the cities and towns.

            The Chief Minister who was accompanied by Director SKIMS, Prof. Showkat Ali Zargar also interacted with faculty members and received first hand appraisal of the functioning of the institute.

            The Centre for Genetic Study and Clinical Research has been completed at a cost of over Rs. 6.51 crores while Madr-e-Meherban College of Nursing involved an expenditure of Rs. 7.88 crores. The Sarai-I and Sarai-II will cost Rs. 12 crores and OPD Block Rs. 10 crores.

            The Director SKIMS apprised the Chief Minister of various facilities added in the institute since last year. He presented complete resume of functioning of various disciplines in the Institution.

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