First ever cancer surgery performed in South Kashmir 

ANANTNAG: In a major milestone in the health his­tory of J&K, a team of on­cologists Monday conducted cancer surgeries for the first time in South Kashmir at Islamabad district hospital. 

A team of eight oncology surgeons from SKIMS Sou­ra, headed by HoD Oncology Dr Altaf Haji, arrived in the district hospital and con­ducted five cancer surger­ies that included two breast cancers, and one each of thy­roid, intestinal and piratical cancer patients. 

This is being done under the guidance of Director Health services Kashmir and Oncology department of SKIMS, to reach such pa­tients at district levels. 

“Highly professional and experienced doctors will operate at the district hos­pitals so that patients re­ceive care at the doorsteps,” said Director Health ser­vices Kashmir, Dr Saleem ur Rehman. “Moreover, by this initiative, surgeons in these hospitals will get ad­ditional training.” 

The team of doctors ear­lier visited North Kashmir districts of Handwara and Baramulla. 

By such an initiative, months of time of patients has been saved, an official said. 

Nusrat Jan, a 34-year-old breast cancer patient, was earlier in August operated at District hospital Baram­ulla. “It would have taken us months had we waited for our date in SKIMS Sou­ra. She was taken to Baram­ulla hospital and operated upon there,” said her sister. 

“This is not less than an innovation for our hospital as our surgeons are getting first-hand experience from the renewed doctors,” said Dr Majeed Mehrab, Medi­cal superintendent District hospital Islamabad. 

“This will continue in future as well as part of the program to provide treat­ment at doorsteps for the pa­tients of cancer who have to suffer otherwise by waiting for months together in Sri­nagar or other places out­side state,” he said. (CNS) 

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