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North India’s first Infectious Disease Block (IDB) inaugurated at SKIMS

Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) crossed another milestone to further strengthen advanced patient care services with inauguration of Infectious Diseases Block (IDB).The inauguration was done by Advisor to Hon’ble L.G of Jammu & Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan.

It is the first center of its kind in North India which is equipped with superlative quality facilities. The services that will be provided include 40 bedded isolation ward, l5 bedded high dependency isolation ward and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The center will also have four bedded RO and Dialysis Unit, Independent Portable X-ray, USG Machine and ECG, Lab facilities for Haemogram Coagulation studies Arterial Blood Gas and Electrolyte Analysis, Biochemistry etc.

The newly established Infectious Disease Block (IDB) will be headed by Dr. Ajaz Nabi Koul, Consultant Infectious Disease and lncharge COVlD-19 SKlMS who is a trained specialist in the management of infectious diseases and is playing crucial role in the campaign against COVlD pandemic.

Dr. Ajaz Koul hailed administration for its support in his brief remarks in inaugural function. Dr. Ajaz Koul credited administration of SKIMS for its support in making innovative center (IDB) a reality. He said that the patient care services have drastically been enhanced.

Director SKlMS & EOSG Dr. A.G Ahangar appreciated the contribution of everyone in building up patient care services leading from the front in the establishment of this IDB that was dedicated to the patient care especially the engineering department and other supportive management services for accomplishing this daunting task in shortest possible time with all the odds on account of working and non-availability of materials etc. He described the team as highly experienced who will be available to provide expert consultation and education to the patients about the prevention and proper management of the diseases and the skilled approach of the team will also ensure the best treatment
options available for complicated, rear and difficult to treat infectious diseases. The department will continue to excel in research, clinical care and education with basic objective to serve poor patients, he added.

Meanwhile With regard to spike in number of doctors testing positive. Dr. A. G. Ahangar expressed satisfaction about the safety measures taken at all levels to ensure protection of frontline health workers. He said administration is alert and is taking all possible steps for safety of health care workers. At SKlMS sufficient quality supply of PPE’s is available , donning and doffing areas have be well demarcated and every guideline/ protocol of WHO and ICMR is being implemented at every level to minimize contamination, therefore no staff member has till date got infected at SKIMS like other institutions in the region. He offered his salute to the entire team of work force including Faculty, Residents, Nurses, paramedics, Engineers Security And Sanitation Services and last of all the administrative staff. He prayed for the speedy recovery of all the patients suffering from COVID and Non-COVID ailments at large.