JK among leading states, UTs in healthcare and medical education, says LG Sinha


SRINAGAR: On Friday, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha visited the Sopore sub-district hospital to give an update on the facilities provided at a mega health camp.

Lieutenant Governor visits Sopore Sub-district Hospital

The Mega Health Camp is organized in collaboration with Rotary Health International in Baramulla, Kupwara and Ganderbal from May 11 where General Surgery, Gynecological Surgeries, Plastic Surgery Procedures, ENT, Urology, Orthopedic Surgeries, ophthalmology, dental procedures and other minor surgeries are ongoing. carried out.

The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the medical fraternity and members of Rotary International for keeping human service paramount to building a healthy society.

Chairing a meeting regarding the Mega Health Camp, the Lieutenant Governor said doctors coming from across the country for the camp reflect the very essence of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.

While expressing his gratitude to Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his tireless efforts in bringing about unprecedented reforms in the health sector, the Lieutenant Governor observed that over the past 2-3 years, Jammu and Kashmir has emerged as one of the leading states/UTs in the health and medical education sector.

“Affordable healthcare accessible to all segments of society is our top priority. Healthcare professionals must work together to develop affordable healthcare strategies in the future,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

Special attention is given to strengthening private-public partnership, decentralizing services, extending the best health facilities and developing health and wellness centers in remote, rural, tribal and hilly areas. , he added.

The Lieutenant Governor noted that many doctors who have come to Jammu and Kashmir for the first time for the Mega Health Camp will have firsthand experience of the change that has taken place in the healthcare infrastructure at J&K.

Two AIIMS, two cancer institutes, seven new medical colleges, 10 new nursing colleges, 150 district/sub-district hospitals and thousands of health and wellness centers, in addition to insurance coverage Universal sickness up to Rs. 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat-SEHAT has brought about fundamental changes in the healthcare system of J&K, the Lieutenant Governor observed.

We pay more attention to medical education. J&K is ahead of the national average with 8.23 ​​MBBS seats per lakh population, in addition to spending around Rs 1.7 crore per day on medical treatment. Projects worth Rs 881 crore were completed in the last financial year to strengthen the existing health infrastructure of UT district hospitals, the lieutenant governor said.

No less than 23 investment proposals have been approved for Medicity, which will add a total of 5,865 additional beds to the existing system and at least 715 additional MBBS seats will be available for young students. Moreover, J&K receives a much higher average budget allocation per capita (Rs 7,873 cr) than many states with more than double the population, he added.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by the government which led J&K to be a forerunner in terms of management and vaccination against Covid, the Lieutenant Governor said that the 4290 Panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir are now fully capable of coping with the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

Digital health systems and services have significantly improved the quality of the health system in Jammu and Kashmir during the Covid pandemic and necessary measures have been taken to ensure that this system will continue in all districts in the future, observed the Lieutenant Governor.

We are also moving towards online appointments and digitization of patient medical records, to provide people with anytime, anywhere treatment facilities, the Lieutenant Governor added.

The Lieutenant Governor informed that Government Medical College Jammu has become the first hospital in the Union Territory to successfully perform three Kidney Transplants this month.

Prior to August 2019, only a few J&K districts had dialysis facilities. Today, this facility is available in all districts. Today, the 211 critical care ambulance facility is available to people 24×7 across UT, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the workers of Anganwadi and ASHA for shouldering their responsibility with full sensitivity and compassion to ensure health and nutritional security.

The Lieutenant Governor also expressed his pain and anguish over the barbaric murder of Rahul Bhat in Budgam.

Dr. Rajiv Pradhan, head of the Rotary Club, presented the health activities and services provided by Rotary Health International. He informed that a team of doctors and volunteers are extending multi-specialty health services in association with government doctors.

The President of the Rotary Club of London, David Johnson, also took the floor on this occasion and informed the assembly of the various initiatives of the organization carried out around the world.

DDC President, Safina Baig, speaking on this occasion, appreciated the initiative of the Mega Health Camp organized for the benefit of people, especially the marginal strata of society. She also briefed the Lieutenant Governor on various requests and matters relating to the Baramulla District.

The Lieutenant Governor urged public representatives and PRI members to work with passion and determination to ensure that the benefits of all social welfare schemes reach ordinary people.

On this occasion, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla delivered the welcome speech and briefed the President on the work and achievements of the district administration. She also informed about the type of services provided to patients in the Mega Health Camp.

Dr. Parvez Masoodi gave a detailed presentation on the surgeries and procedures carried out during the camp.

He was informed that approximately 172 surgeries and procedures were performed in the past two days.

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director of Kashmir Health Services, presented the vote of thanks.

Some of the patients who received treatment at the Mega Health Camp at SDH Sopore shared their experiences there.

Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Health and Medicine; Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, PGI Kashmir; in addition to SDC Vice President Baramulla; The president of the BDC, the chairman of the municipal committee, the doctors of the Rotary club and the officers of the administration of the district were present on the occasion.

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