Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
Eminent speakers at a live surgery workshop organized by the police here on Saturday expressed a need for establishing a telephonic emergency care helpline for people in Jammu and Kashmir.
The two-day live demonstration on ENT surgeries began at Police Hospital here.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid, said saving even a single life was a great contribution to humanity.
He highlighted the need of operating ‘Dial 108 Emergency Ambulance Service’ in Jammu and Kashmir like the other states.
According to a statement issued by the police here, Vaid said that under a centrally sponsored scheme dial 108 Emergency Ambulance Service had been started in the country and the service had proved very beneficial.
“He said that if this scheme is launched in our state also we will be able to save a number of lives in road accidents, heart attacks and other accidents,” the statement read.
Vaid said the workshops like this one were very inspiring and beneficial to the host hospital and to the attending delegates.
He said the police department acts as an emergency department in many situations. He said policemen and officers do also face health issues ‘because of the nature of the duties and in normal course’.
“Keeping this in view we are making all efforts to provide better health care facilities to our men and women,” Vaid said.
While complementing the organizers for holding the conference, he said there was no dearth of talent in the state and “hopefully in near future doctors and experts not only from the country but also abroad will visit Kashmir and take part in such conferences and events”.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-U-Rehman, said organizing such conferences was commendable as young doctors were exposed to the experienced doctors of the country.
He said emergencycare had become necessary and “we need to evolve mechanisms so that precious lives in road traffic accidents and other emergency cases where very less time is available for survival of patients are saved”.
In his welcome address, Medical Superintendent of Police Hospital, Srinagar, Dr Bilal Raja,said the programme was the third of its kind in the current year which provided platform to the doctors from the hospital, city and periphery to watch very experienced and qualified doctors from other parts of the country conducting surgeries and interact with them live during the operation.
Dr (Prof) Rouf Ahmad, Head of ENT Department at Government Medical College, Srinagar, who was the Organizing Chairman of the event, said these events were necessary in imparting practical knowledge to the doctors and paramedics.
He said pooling of specialist doctors in the peripheries was necessary which would help in providing medical services to the people from far-off places near to their homes.