Azad dedicates Mobile Medical Units to people

Says new components being added to Janani Suraksha Yojna

 Srinagar - Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare,  Ghulam Nabi Azad today dedicated three High –tech Medical Mobile Units (Critical Ambulance) to people. These ambulances are fitted with latest equipments and machinery like, X-Ray machine, ECG machine, Suction machine, Defreezer, Refrigerator, besides some other facilities. One doctor and one paramedic would also be attached with each ambulance.

These ambulances would be used in far flung areas of the State from where it is at times difficult to ferry patients to tertiary care hospitals. These ambulances are part of 2035 National Mobile Medical Units which are to be inducted in 431 districts of the country. J&K would be getting 11 such ambulances.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Azad said the Central Government has included J&K as a special category State under NRHM under which the funding pattern has been eased to 90: 10 from the previous 75:25. He said new components are being added to Janani Suraksha Yojna to give more facilities to pregnant women and new born babies. He said now pre and post natal care and treatment to women at Government run hospitals would be provided free of cost. Also, he said, the new born babies would be treated up to their first birthday free of cost. He said these new features to the scheme would be started from J&K itself.

Outlining the broad features of NRHM, the Union Minister said BPL patients can be funded 100 treatment costs of life consuming diseases on the production of relevant papers. He regretted that not many cases from J&K are received and asked the Chief Medical Officers to deploy staff to prepare documents of such patients so that these cases are submitted to Centre for funding.

Minister of State for Health,  Shabir Ahmad Khan, on the occasion said that these Medical Mobile Units are specially meant for the people of rural and far flung areas where the people have to cover long distance to reach to the nearest health center.  “There are many belts in the state where it takes a lot of time for the people to reach to the nearest health center to avail medical facilities, especially in times of emergency. These mobile units equipped with lot of modern medical facilities will prove to be a boon in such areas”, he said adding that many precious lives could be saved by these units.

Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, former legislator, Haji Rasheed, directors of several units of Health Department were present on the occasion.




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