SRINAGAR, JUNE 04: 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.
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.
SKIMS will also be holding a live operative workshop on bariatric surgeries during the Conference.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Health, said the Government is trying to put the health sector back on track after the colossal losses suffered in September 2014 floods. She also highlighted various measures taken by the Government to improve the functioning of delivery mechanism in the health sector.