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Govt to start 24×7 orthopedic clinics at 5 hospitals of Kashmir

To provide round the clock services to patients after the Bone and Joint hospital fire incident, Directorate of Health Service Kashmir (DHSK) has decided to start 24×7 orthopedic clinics at five hospitals of Kashmir from Monday.

In an official communique, DHSK has dedicated five hospitals including JLNM hospital Srinagar, District Hospital Pulwama, District Hospital Kulgam, Sub district hospital Kupwara and Sub district hospital Sopore.

“Due to the fire incident at Bone & Joint Hospital Barzulla Srinagar on 04/03/2022, the normal functioning of the hospital has come to a halt for the time being. In order to provide round the clock services to the patients, it is hereby ordered that the five health institutions of this Directorate shall run 24×7 Orthopaedic services in the interest of patient care,” reads the order.

The order further said that the Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents of the above-named institutions are directed to put in place all the requisite arrangements so that the Orthopaedic services to the patients are started from 07/03/2022 (Monday) at the designated institutions.

“The staff required for running the Orthopaedic Departments on 24×7 basis in these institutions shall be pooled by way of internal arrangements. Dr Mir Mushtaq, Medical Officer, DHSK shall be the Nodal Officer for proper coordination & management of these Orthopaedic Clinics. He shall update the DIRECTOR Health Services Kashmir about the functioning of these Orthopaedic Clinics on daily basis,” the order reads.

According to the order, the orthopaedic serves at these clinics will start functioning from Monday.

Meanwhile, in a separate order, the Directorate has posted 14 orthopedic doctors at these five hospitals which include five orthos at DH Pulwama, four at DH Kupgam, two at SDH Kupwara and three at JLNM Srinagar.

“Besides, Chief Medical Officers concerned have hereby directed to provide para-medical/other supportive staff for smooth running of 24x& orthopedic services to the Institutions indicated above,” reads the order. Rising Kashmir

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