At a time when tertiary care hospitals in Kashmir are bearing huge load of patients, there have been demands over the years for the upgradation of the hospitals for the convenience and better care of patients. Principal Government Medical College Srinagar Prof.Parvaiz Ahmad Shah in an interview with Rising Kashmir’s Health Correspondent Mansoor Peer talks about what has changed in the major tertiary care hospitals over the years to meet the expectations of patients.
We are working to meet the parameters of hospitals to get the NABH accreditation. The Super Speciality Hospital, Srinagar is likely to get the accreditation. There is some paper work pending. It is almost completed.
Recently, we have recruited nearly 70 nurses who have been posted in the associated hospitals. There is need of recruiting more nurses given the load of patients. We are trying to fill all the vacant posts.
Across the country,two to five percent beds should be earmarked for Intensive Care Units (ICUs). For some time, the concept of ICU was far from Kashmir hospitals. Now, we have medical and surgical ICUs. We have 27-bedded ICUs in the associated hospitals that include cardiac, paediatric and neonatal ICU.
Recently we started a medical ICU at Super Speciality Hospital with adequate nursing staff. Apart from ICUs, we also have High Dependency Unit (HDU) in the form of triage where all acute patients are treated round the clock.
I do agree and for that we need to train manpower. But we have upgraded it. There has been a change in the previous decade. Yes, it needs upgradation and we are working towards it. Now we have computerised OPD and IPD reports.
Such allegations are baseless. Our senior consultants are always in the outpatient department and major specialities run from 10 to 4 pm. Super specialities OPDs also run separately from 10 to 2 pm and after that consultants remain available on call.
We have submitted a proposal to the government for installing a PET scan facility at SMHS hospital. It is under government’s consideration.
GMC Srinagar is the oldest hospital in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a high volume hospital. Despite huge patients load, the research activities are carried out and research papers are presented by the faculty members across the world.
The government is working on it and a new place is being earmarked for it. The new site should be in tune with Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendations. We can’t go against the norms. We are getting more sites for its relocation.
The administration is trying to improve the infrastructure in all the associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar. In this direction bed strength at LD with new 200-bedded block has been sanctioned. It would be a state-of-art flood proof building having all the modern facilities.
Also, the under construction 500-bedded paediatric hospital at Bemina is likely to be commissioned with state of art machinery and facilities for patients.
The blood banks of all the associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar are certified by the competent authority. If our blood banks are not valid our MBBS would not be recognised.
The ophthalmology department is already doing Cornea transplant. In this, our hospital has taken lead as compared to Jammu.
It is functioning.
Complaint boxes are located in all hospitals. Apart from that, patients are coming directly to the concerned medical superintendents and complaints are resolved immediately. We will try to make the online social media cells active.
There is shortage of nurses and paramedical staff in the causality. It is not as per the recommended norms. We will take up the matter of poor manpower with higher ups of Health and Medical Department for its augmentation.
They are working under an SRO. They had been given extension some. Some of them are there on court orders and their case is sub-judice. We have taken their case with the Health and Medical Education Department.
The new building at IMHANS, which has been inspected, is almost complete and it would be functional within next two months. The manpower for the hospital has been recruited.
We don’t allow patients to suffer. We are making extra effort to get them registered online. Patients having golden cards aren’t denied treatment. Patients who have already registered are receiving benefits and that staff is working extremely hard.
It is a good beginning. It would show its results soon. It will improve medical education and would accommodate more students who otherwise had to go outside for studies. It would also help to strengthen medical facilities at peripheries. In the long run, it would reduce the patient load on tertiary care hospitals which is the major issue we are facing this time.
Our major target is further upgradation of the medical college, augmentation of research activities, and facilitation in patient management including diagnosis.