Find possibility of conducting cancer surgeries daily: High Court to SKIMS

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The High Court on Saturday asked the SKIMS authorities to explore possibility of carrying out oncology related surgeries on patients during all the days of a week. 
After advocate Syed Musaib informed the court that surgical oncology department at SKIMS can perform only 4 surgeries in two days of a week, a division bench of acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura asked the authorities to explore possibility of carrying out the surgeries each day. 
Rabia Khurshid, a cancer patient through her son advocate Musaib has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Court seeking directions for setting up of operation theaters for cancer patients in the State cancer institute. 
As the matter came up for hearing today, advocate Musaib informed the court that instead of prioritizing the setting up of operation theaters for cancer patients in the state cancer institute, payment wards have been established. 
He said the cancer patients suffer to the hilt as surgical oncology department can carry out surgeries only for two days in a week. 
“The number of cancer patients has increased considerably and on an average a patient has to wait for six weeks for the surgery. This wait can prolong further in keeping with the exigencies as the doctors have to fix priority for a surgery,” Musaib said. 
He said the patients die while waiting for the surgeries. Musaib submitted that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an unprecedented 87 percent rise in cancer cases during last 7 years. On behalf of the SKIMS, additional advocate general Asif Bhat informed the court that the authorities shall ensure all possibilities for carrying out oncology surgeries every day in the week.
He said he shall file latest status by the next date of hearing with regard to construction of operation theaters in State cancer institute and shall indicate the timeline within which the operation theaters will be constructed. 
The division bench also heard a similar case from Jammu wing via video conferencing.

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