Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) in an effort to deliver advanced health care facilities has till date performed more than 5500 CT Scans at three peripheral hospitals of Kashmir valley. CT scan machines were installed in the year 2014 at District Hospital Anantnag, Baramulla and Handwara. CT Scan at District Hospital Kulgam has also been installed which will be made functional soon. Till date 2538 CT scans have been performed at DH Baramulla, 2481 CT Scans at DH Anantnag and 572 at DH Handwara.
A CT scan machine is technology that uses computer-processed X-rays to produce tomographic images or virtue slices of specific areas of the scanned object allowing the user to see what is inside it without cutting it open. The requirement of CT scan has been of utmost importance keeping in view the rise of Road Traffic Accidents, Traumatic Injuries and other complex cases across valley and is a pre-requisite for any modern medical delivery system. Earlier, patients had to be sent to tertiary care institutes but such advanced initiatives have helped to reduce referrals to tertiary hospitals and simultaneously saving the precious time to diagnose the ailment and provide prompt treatment.
Moreover the patients are availing the facility at Govt. approved rates which are much cheaper. DHSK is in the process of procuring more CT Scans so that every district hospital will be equipped with CT scan facility in due course of time. It is pertinent to mention here that District Ladakh and District Leh are already equipped with CT Scans and have been performing CT Scan procedures since long.
DHSK has been focussing on upgradation of medicare facilities at government health institutions particularly in rural areas and in that context DHSK is in the process of equipping District and Sub-District Hospitals with modern surgical and diagnostic equipments so that advanced health care services are being utilized by the public at their doorsteps.