SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner/Chairman District Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) Srinagar has constituted a Committee for providing necessary health care facilities to the patients suffering from terminal diseases such as Cancer, Chronic renal diseases(CKD),Orthopedic surgeries requiring urgent interventions, etc.
An order issued in this regard states that the Committee shall compile a database of all such patients suffering from terminal diseases and ensure their treatment and subsequent patient care and follow up of these patients.
The order added that, the Committee shall be headed by Assistant Commissioner Revenue Srinagar and Chief Medical Officer Srinagar has been designated as member Secretary of the Committee while District Statistics & Evaluation Officer, District Health Officer, District Immunization Officer, Representatives from SKIMS and Associated Hospitals will be members of the Committee.
As per the order, the Chairman DDMA has said that the step has been taken in wake of surge in number of positive cases in Srinagar district and as the major focus has presently shifted to COVID-19 mitigation and management. “However proper health care of patients suffering from terminal diseases is to be accorded priority as well”, he added.
The DDMA Chairman’s order also added that a mechanism was needed to be put in place so that medical condition of such patients may not deteriorate further.
The order also stated that the DDMA Srinagar has taken the initiative to ensure that Cancer patients who are on Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, Renal failure patients who are on dialysis, Cancer patients dated for surgery, Children who have schedule for immunization, besides Patients who underwent Emergency Orthopedic surgery for follow up, need to be taken care of and to make sure that timely access to treatment for such patients is guaranteed.