UK consultancy firm brings Paras hospitals to Kashmir, promises ‘affordable treatment at your doorstep’

UK Asian Business Council (UKABC), a UK-based consultancy firm, brings Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon to Kashmir Valley to tie-up for super speciality facilities with Ramzaan Hospital Srinagar.

“Paras Hospitals and Ramzaan Hospital Srinagar have come together to conduct OPD and IPD facilities in Srinagar for 16th and 17th September 2017,” chairman UKABC Taha Islam Coburn-Kutay said.

He added that in response to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s announcement of the policy of expanding healthcare infrastructure and Women empowerment, his organisation has facilitated this tie-up between Paras Hospitals of north India and Ramzaan Hospital in Srinagar.

Addressing a press conference here today, Taha, along with doctors from Paras hospitals and Ramzaan hospital, said that the main aim behind this endeavour is to “help the people of Kashmir”.

”As a son of the soil, it pains me a lot to see Kashmiris going outside to Delhi and other places for treatment. We want to treat Kashmiris here at their doorstep. That is our main reason for this tie-up,” Taha said.

“This revolutionary initiative to reach out to the remotest parts of our country and spread medical facilities even near rocky terrains of Srinagar has been our aim. This completes our motto to strengthen the medical reachability in our country. The cost-friendly nature of this medical initiative is worth highlighting,” said Dr Neeraj Bishnoi, Unit Head, Paras Hospitals Gurgaon.

Welcoming this joined effort, Dr Zaffer Saleem Khanday, Paediatric Surgeon Ramzaan Hospital, said, “We are happy to have a panel of 4 doctors from Paras hospitals come all the way to Srinagar to share their expertise and treat the citizens of Srinagar.”

Taha Islam, (extreme left), listens to a question from a reporter during the press conference at a local hotel        Picture: Zargar Zahoor

Dr Zaffer also said, “Jammu and Kashmir is deficient in Super specialist doctors to manage rising number of cases. Although, reportedly, the government has implemented plans to upgrade medical facilities in Jammu and Kashmir. Such joined efforts by two hospitals will help to bring super speciality care for needy patients at their doorstep and at a much-reduced cost.”

Dr Amit Shrivastava, Senior Consultant, Neurosurgery, Paras Hospitals Gurgaon and Spine said, “Over a period of two days, we will be receiving patients suffering from neurosurgery, spine, cancer and nephrology related diseases and conditions. In a region which lacks medical facilities, the efforts of these two hospitals have been to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of assistance to the common man.”

Dr Vinay Gaikwad, Senior Consultant and HOD, Surgical Oncology, Paras Hospitals Gurgaon said, “The collaboration has also been done with objective of creating awareness and providing correct medical guidance to the people here on some of the major diseases such as various types of cancers and tumours related to spine, brain and peripheral nerves, among others.”

“People suffering from kidney problems need to be more careful considering the extra physical effort required to live in places like Srinagar. Especially, after surgeries, due caution and care should be taken by the patient as advised by the doctors,” concluded Dr P. N. Gupta, Chief of Nephrology, observing the terrain, the weather, and life on mountains and plains around the Srinagar region.

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