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Secretary Health conducts surprise visit to SMHS, GMC Srinagar

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SRINAGAR: Secretary of Health and Medical Education, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, today conducted a surprise visit to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar and assessed the healthcare services besides inspecting different units of the institute.

Dr. Abid Rasheed visited the casualty block and took an appraisal regarding the patient care and inflow of patients, management, various health interventions being given to the patients, security arrangements and other related aspects. He was informed that on average the Casualty caters to about 2500 patients in 24 hours besides basic lab tests and other diagnostic facilities are being provided as per requirement.

He asked the concerned to explore possibilities of provision of lab tests and diagnostic facilities round the clock for larger interests ailing. He also called for ensuring cleanliness in and around the wards which is a prerequisite for the health of the patients.

The secretary also inspected the Bio-Chemistry Lab, Surgical Casualty, Medical and Emergency and Neuro-Surgery wards and Operation Theatres. He interacted with the patients and attendants there and had feedback about the facilities being provided to them.

Later, the Secretary visited Government Medical College, Srinagar, where he visited different units of the institute besides chairing an extensive meeting with the faculty members and other officers regarding the working of the medical college.

Secretary visited the Radiology Department, GMC, Srinagar, where he interacted with the concerned faculty and took stock of the functioning of the institute. He was briefed about the working of the department and was informed that CT scans, USG, X-rays, Colour Dopplers etc are being carried out in the department and on average 700 tests are being done in a day.

Dr Abid Rasheed also inspected Doctor Rooms, Resident Rooms, and Sanitary Blocks and passed strict directions for upkeep and maintenance of hygiene in the establishments. He interacted with the doctors on duty and enquired about the health status of various patients admitted to these wards. He called upon the doctors and paramedics to work with utmost dedication and devotion towards ensuring the best patient care.

Meanwhile, the Secretary convened a meeting with the Principal/Dean, of Government Medical College, Srinagar, Professor Dr. Masood Tanvir, Administrator of Associated Hospitals, Srinagar, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak and heads of various departments.

A threadbare discussion was held on various issues aimed at to further enhancing the healthcare system, academics, facilities for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and the overall functioning of GMC Srinagar.

The Principal/Dean briefed the Secretary about the overall functioning of Associated Hospitals and Government Medical College, Srinagar.

Dr Abid Rasheed assured full support for making the healthcare system more effective and patient-friendly and called for putting in extra efforts to make the college one of the best in the UT. He asked for expediting the pace of progress on different ongoing projects including the Theatre Block of SMHS, Hospital, Srinagar, New Girls Hostel, and Multi-Facility Centre. He called for enhanced coordination among the executing agencies and hospital administration for the timely completion of these vital works.

During his visit, the Secretary also inspected the Girl’s Hostel, located within the college campus and inspected the mess, dining hall and common room. He interacted with the hostel inmates and sought their feedback with regard to the facilities available there.

The Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, Dr. Muzaffar Zargar, CMO/RMO and concerned faculty members were also present in the meeting.

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