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SRINAGAR — With yet another feather to its cap, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar’s Super Speciality Hospital has started the procedure of kidney transplant, the first of its kind in Kashmir.

Head of the Department (HoD) Nephrology, Dr Tajamul Hussain Mir told the news agency KNO that it is a big achievement and it was great news for poor people who had to struggle hard to go outside Kashmir.

He said that SKIMS Soura was conducting such procedures very well but due to workload and now SSH has started conducting such procedures.

“Around 370 kidney transplant patients are on follow-up and we have been doing post-transplantation care and managing them for 15 years,” he said while requesting the government to provide more space and manpower. He also promised to give better results.

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HoD Anaesthesia, Dr Ruksana Najeeb while talking to KNO said that it is a big achievement for them as patients won’t have to go outside and wait so long. “Both patients are recovering very well and all credit goes to the government, especially Principal GMC Srinagar for reaching this milestone,” she said.

HoD Urology Dr Sajad Nazir told KNO that they have been trying to start such services since 2006 and finally they have started a kidney transplant procedure at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH).

Earlier, there was a shortage of staff for other things but now there is no such shortage and if the government will provide them more space, they can conduct such procedures on a daily basis.

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“Both procedures have been conducted free and whatever medicine they will require for one year will be free on Golden card,” he said and added that majority of the work in such procedures is being conducted by the Nephrology department. He said that they are giving the best treatment to all the patients.

One of the donor from Sumbal, Bandipora said that his brother was suffering from kidney problems for the last 10 months and he donated one kidney to him. “We are very much satisfied with the treatment and all medicines and other things were provided free on the Golden card,” he said, adding that such facilities will prove beneficial for poor people in the long run.

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