Srinagar: Kashmir has witnessed a silent revolution in the healthcare delivery system during the past three years.
People no longer have to venture out of Kashmir to seek treatment for their ailments, as world-class healthcare facilities have become readily available in their homeland.
An observer while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “For decades, the people of Kashmir faced a daunting challenge when it came to healthcare. Severe limitations in infrastructure, insufficient medical personnel, and the absence of advanced healthcare technologies compelled many residents to seek medical treatment outside the state. This often meant traveling long distances and incurring significant expenses, which put additional burdens on already strained households.”
He said, “However, in recent years, the administration has prioritized the improvement of healthcare services in the region. This concerted effort to upgrade the healthcare infrastructure has brought about a remarkable transformation.
One of the most notable achievements has been the development of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities within Kashmir. These facilities are equipped with modern medical equipment and staffed by highly trained healthcare professionals. This means that complex surgeries, specialized treatments, and critical care services are now accessible within the region, eliminating the need for patients to seek medical care in far-off cities.”
Farida Bhat, of Srinagar while sharing her story about how the improved healthcare system changed her life said, “My son had a congenital heart condition that required surgery. Previously, we had to take him to Delhi for treatment, which was not only emotionally taxing but also financially draining. But now, thanks to the upgraded healthcare facilities in Kashmir, he received top-notch treatment right here at home. It was a huge relief for our family.”
The expansion of healthcare services has also brought specialized medical expertise to the region. Many doctors and healthcare professionals, including specialists in fields like cardiology, neurology, and oncology, visit these newly developed healthcare centers frequently. This influx of talent has not only elevated the standard of care but has also provided opportunities for local medical professionals to collaborate and learn from their peers.
Moreover, advancements in telemedicine have connected patients in remote areas to expert medical advice, further bridging the healthcare gap. “Patients can now consult with specialists via video calls, receive diagnoses, and access treatment plans without leaving their hometowns. This has proven especially beneficial for those living in remote areas, where accessibility to healthcare facilities has traditionally been a challenge,” said a doctor.
An official said, “The government’s commitment to improve healthcare infrastructure has also been reflected in the establishment of medical colleges and nursing schools. This initiative has not only ensured a steady supply of trained healthcare professionals but also encourages young talents from the region to pursue careers in medicine and contribute to the community’s well-being.”