Broadband Internet services to 80 hospitals in Kashmir restored

SRINAGAR/JAMMU: After the initial hiccup, broadband services were restored in 80 government hospitals and nursing homes, authorities said, a measure that is considered a great relief for patients and health professionals in the Valley.

Medical Superintendent of the Breast Diseases Hospital in Srinagar Dr. Saleem Tak confirmed that the Internet began operating at the facility on Thursday, which is a great relief for both us and patients.

An official from the Jammu and Kashmir administration said: High-speed broadband Internet connectivity was restored in 80 government hospitals, including health centers and offices linked to the health department, throughout Kashmir.

Internet services were to start in government-run hospitals starting at midnight on December 31 as a New Year's gift for people in the Valley, but they could not resume due to some technical problems, authorities said.

Tak said the restoration of Internet facilities will help hospitals update their patient care records, especially on centrally sponsored schemes such as Ayushman Bharat.

It will help poor patients receive free medical facilities, he told PTI.

We can now consult other doctors across India and the world to seek guidance related to patient care and also to update our system for which the Internet is necessary, he said.

Principal of Government Medical College in Srinagar Pervez Shah also confirmed that internet was working at seven hospitals out of the eight associated facilities.

He added that work was being done to restore internet services in a nursing home.

Internet, landline and mobile services were transferred to Jammu and Kashmir on August 4, one day before the Center's announcement to eliminate the special state of Jammu and Kashmir and divide it into two union territories.

Although most of the services, except mobile Internet, were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir saw the restoration of fixed lines and post-paid services in phases.

However, Internet and prepaid mobile services in the valley have not yet been restored.

Mobile Internet services were restored last Friday after being suspended for 145 days.

The services were restored because normality returned to Kargil, without adverse incidents occurring in the last four months, authorities said.

Broadband services were already working in Kargil.