After successful functioning of the Kidney and Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation units in SKIMS during the last two years, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday approved Liver Transplantation Unit for the Medical Institute and said that he is keen to see SKIMS emerging as one of the leading referral hospitals in the Country so as the people from the State need not to visit outside for specialized treatments.
Giving nod to a proposal in this regard at the 40th Governing Body meeting of SKIMS here this afternoon, the Chief Minister approved yearly grant of Rs. one crore for placement of trained staff for making the Liver Transplantation Unit functional.
This facility at SKIMS would be another landmark initiative after the establishment of Autologous Bone Marrow and Kidney Transplantation Units and installation of PET-Scan in PPP mode at a cost of over Rs. 22 crores opening shortly.
The Chief Minister said that expansion and upgradation of health facility in the State has been flagged as one of the most important concern in the State’s development policy. He said various Super Specialty Hospitals are being strengthened, upgraded and established in the two Capitals of Jammu and Srinagar. He said District, Sub-District Hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Sub-centres, Dispensaries and various medical units have been established in the State during the last four and the half years.
Omar Abdullah said that consolidation and placement of staff in rural health centres has been also given focused attention. He said flagship programmes are being implemented in the health sector to ensure better medicare coverage to the people across the State.
In his PowerPoint presentation, Director SKIMS, Prof. Showkat Ali Zargar gave detailed account of the achievements registered by the SKIMS in rendering specialized medical service to the people besides upgrading equipment and infrastructure.