Mansoor PeerSrinagar, Jan 13:
The professor of Surgical Gastroenterology and Dean Medical Faculty Sher-i-Kashmir University of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Dr Omar Javid Shah on Saturday assumed the charge of interim director and ex-officio Secretary to the government.
The interim arrangement order for his appointment was issued on Thursday after it was approved by the General Administration Department (GAD) in partial modification of government order no.45-GAD dated January 6, .2018. Meanwhile, medical faculty, administration and other supportive staff of SKIMS greeted Dr Shah on assuming the charge as interim director. They assured full cooperation and support to him for the “betterment of the patient care in the hospital.”
According to a communiqué issued by PRO SKIMS, Dr Shah Saturday chaired a meeting with the faculty heads and stressed on streamlining the functioning of the premier institute.
“We need to work to preserve the prestige of SKIMS and work hard towards achieving its evolved objectives,” the communiqué quoted Dr Shah as saying.
Dr Shah acknowledged the importance of every individual working in SKIMS to strength the basic patient care services.
He said that the government is focused and is closely monitoring the working of SKIMS adding that working in the institute should be committed to serve at the grassroots level which so that the institutes sets an example in tertiary health care. The move came after government attached Director SKIMS Dr A.G. Ahangar with General Administration Department (GAD) and also suspended three doctors who were found involved in private practice.
Following the suspension of the doctors, the government on 9 January issued an order for interim arrangement and asked Dr Shah, Prof and Head Department of Surgical Gastroenterology to discharge the functions of the post of Dean Medical Faculty after the suspension of erstwhile Professor Altaf Rehman Kirmani as Dean Medical Faculty.
The High Court on Thursday stayed the recent order of removal of Dr Ahangar as director SKIMS and ex-officio Secretary to the government till next hearing of the case on January 31.