Srinagar, Aug 13: Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir has conceptualised Save Brain Initiative which aims to provide timely expert help to the patients suffering from acute strokes. The idea is to facilitate management of such a critical emergency and cater to the ailing population right at the District level hospitals and decrease the delays and undue referrals which ultimately will help in saving precious lives. Kashmir has an enormous burden of Cerebrovascular accidents especially in winter months. The objectives of the initiative is to create and train the Stroke Management teams which will include Neurologist, Physician, Radiologist, ER technicians and the experts serving via WhatsApp groups as Hub who together will ensure comprehensive treatment without undue delays.
Dr. Saleem ur Rehman, Director General, Health Services, Kashmir said the Directorate is going to establish Stroke Centers in 02 District Hospitals in the initial phase after training the staff posted in these two hospitals. He further said that modalities are being worked out for the said purpose and Neurologists have been taken on board to establish these centers and to operationalize this initiative.