Health Services at SDH Kupwara show dramatic improvement after DNB accreditation: MS

Kupwara : The accreditation of Sub District Hospital (SDH) Kupwara with DNB has changed the health scenario dramatically and the Sub District Hospital Kupwara is the first Sub District Hospital to get accreditation with DNB in the whole country.

This was said by Medical Superintendent SDH Kupwara, Abdul Gani Dar adding that this hospital is a centrally located hospital in District Kupwara catering about 70% of the patient load and referrals from other health institutions.

He said since the District is about 100 kilometer away from Srinagar, referrals of patients usually cause pain and anguish amongst the patients, their attendants in particular and public in general, and to overcome the same a lot of efforts were made during last three years to upgrade the health services but it was the accreditation of this hospital with DNB that has changed the health scenario dramatically.

Since its accreditation with DNB, the hospital has got professional manpower as well as modern machinery equipment. Two Anesthetists and 42 Junior Nurses recruited under DNB programme are discharging their services in this hospital, said MS.

The MS said that in April 2022 it was news as two Post graduate students joined here in the department of General Medicine and one amongst them was from outside the state (Andhra Pradesh). The hospital has since then also got DNB accreditation for specialties of General Surgery, Gynecology/Obstetrics and Anesthesiology while a final assessment for the accreditation of Pediatrics has also been done, he added.

The eight PG students have joined in all above-mentioned specialties in this session which is going to give a huge boost to upliftment of health care services and quality patient care in the hospital.

It is worth mentioning here that after resumption of PG courses in General Medicine, the referrals have drastically fallen by 70% since last six months which speaks volumes about the improvement of health care services for patient care, said MS.

Among 661 patients admitted in the Department of General Medicine for the last six months, only 66 were referred for tertiary care treatment, which would have been about 300 before DNB accreditation, added Dar.

“We are now managing patients of varying critical health ailments like COPD, Pleural effusions, Ascites, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Chronic Kidney Disease besides stroke, Diabetic Ketosis, OP Poisoning on latest scientific lines”, said MS, adding that the post graduate students remain available round the clock for the services to the patient care besides the Consultants of such specialties also take regular rounds of the wards and attend calls whenever needed even during night hours.

The academic environment has been profoundly upgraded, besides teaching, regular seminars and CMEs are being conducted and PGs are given a very conducive atmosphere of reading by creating a library and seminar room within the premises of the hospital. The monthly mortality meets are held among the faculties and residents to assess and ascertain the cause of death. The critical patients are managed in ICU with excellent lab support, cardiac monitors, and defibrillators, Dar added.

“The PGs from within and outside the state have been provided suitable accommodation within the premises of hospital besides giving them other facilities to make them comfortable”, MS informed.

“The DNB accreditation of this hospital is taking the health care to the newer heights with marked increase in professional manpower and modern machinery gadgets and in near future rarely the patients shall be referred from this hospital. The hospital shall be providing 24*7 services in most of the specialties. The CT scan, Digital X-Ray, USG Doppler, ABG, Modern lab equipments, Dialysis services, SNCU care, ICU, Constant piped oxygen supply from 300 LPM oxygen plants, oxygen manifolds, IDSP lab like facilities are available to the public of District Kupwara at the doorsteps”, said MS

“We pay our special thanks to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir (UT), Administrative Secretary H&ME, Mission Director NHM J&K, Director Health Services Kashmir, State Coordinator DNB J&K for their efforts and timely guidance for achieving such a goal which is a great achievement and milestone in history of health care system of District Kupwara”, MS added.

He said District Administration Kupwara headed by Deputy Commissioner, Doifode Sagar Dattatray takes special attention towards the upgradation of the SDH.(GNS)

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