On May 25, 2020, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Lieutenant Governor’s adviser Baseer Ahmad Khan inaugurated first of it’s kind Infectious Disease Block (IDB) facility at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura in Srinagar, J&K. It was an initiative for the treatment of COVID-19 and other pathologically infected patients.
i.The Adviser stressed on regular health check-up of staff as well as patients are safe while visiting or staying at the block. He also gave instructions to ensure optimum use of booths for screening of patients and emphasized for maintaining proper social distancing protocol.
ii.About IDB: The Infectious Disease Block is equipped with superlative quality facilities which consists of a 40-bed isolation ward, 15-bed high dependency isolation ward & an intensive care unit (ICU).
iii.The centre will also have a four-bedded RO (Reverse Osmosis) and dialysis unit, independent portable x-ray, USG (Ultrasound sonography) machine and ECG (Electrocardiogram), lab facilities for haemogram coagulation studies arterial blood gas and electrolyte analysis, biochemistry etc.
iv.The newly established IDB will be headed by Dr. Ajaz Nabi Koul, Consultant Infectious Disease and in-charge COVlD-19, SKlMS. He is a trained specialist in the management of infectious diseases and is playing a crucial role in the campaign against Coronavirus pandemic.
v.At present, the block shall be used solely for the treatment of COVID-19 related patients which gradually shall facilitate treatment to all infectious disease patients.
Director– Dr AG Ahangar.
Dean– Dr Omar Javed Shah.
About Jammu and Kashmir (J&K):
Capital– Srinagar (summer capital), Jammu (winter capital).
Governor– Girish Chandra Murmu.