Mufti urges doctors from JK to return, contribute to health sector

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Inaugurates Consensus Conference on Bariatric Surgeries at SKIMS

 SRINAGAR– Promising to accord health sector Government’s highest priority, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said the delivery system across the State will be upgraded in terms of manpower and equipment so that institutes like Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) primarily focus on advancement of research and betterment of healthcare.    

He urged upon world-renowned doctors from the State, who are practising abroad, to return and provide succour to the people who have gone through very difficult times.  

The Chief Minister said this while inaugurating the four-day ‘Asian Consensus Meeting on Metabolic Surgery-2015’, at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), here today.   

Renowned surgeons from 30 countries including US, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Middle East, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will deliberate and evaluate controversies in bariatric surgeries during the Conference, which has been organized by SKIMS, in collaboration with Centre for Obesity and Diabetes Surgery (CODS), Mumbai.

Minister of State for Health & Social Welfare, Asiya Naqash, Director SKIMS, Dr. Showkat Zargar, President ACMOMS, Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala and International Faculty and Past President, IFSO, Dr. Harry Frydenberg, from Australia, were present on the occasion.      

Flagging healthcare as one of Government’s principal priorities, Mufti Sayeed said the Government will welcome setting up of advanced centres of tertiary healthcare so that people do not have to travel to other parts of the country for advanced medical treatment. He said specialist doctors will be posted at all district hospitals, which will be equipped with latest machines to cater to the needs of the people.

Urging upon the doctors to interact with their compatriots at global level, the Chief Minister said the Conference is a wonderful opportunity for our doctors to acquaint themselves with new techniques and best practices in vogue.

Referring to the potential Kashmir has in health tourism, the Chief Minister said the medical treatment costs in developed world have been on the rise. “People from western countries are finding the prospect of international travel for low-cost medical care to India increasingly appealing. J&K is also suited for medical tourism given the advantages we have in reduced costs for treatment, latest technologies and a growing compliance on international quality standards,” he said.

Mufti Sayeed said very few places in the world will offer better destinations for post-operative care than in Kashmir. “It is apt that our famous leisure destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam are popularly known as Health Resorts,” he added.  

The Chief Minister said steps have to be taken to facilitate people to undertake consecutive visits for medical treatment. “We need to incorporate medical tourism in the State’s Tourism Policy. This will allow foreign nationals to stay in J&K for a longer period for the purposes of treatment,” he stated.

Expressing concern over abnormal increase in number of cases of obesity and diabetes, especially amongst youth, Mufti Sayeed called upon the experts to put their heads together and come out with mutually-agreed results which will prove beneficial for treatment of the disorders. “This is a Consensus Conference, which indicates that difference of opinion exists. I hope we are able to arrive at decisions that provide permanent cure to obesity and diabetes,” he added.

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