Indian System of Medicine alternate choice of treatment

SRINAGAR- Minister of State for Health, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan has said that government would bring all districts under the benefit of National Programme of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) adding that at present such facility is being provided in six districts of the State three each in Kashmir and Jammu Divisions. He said in this regard the Union Health Ministry in Principal have agreed to provide funds and a detail proposal would be mooted soon to the Centre for approval.

This was stated by the Minister while reviewing the status of several healthcare schemes under implementation in Kashmir Division at meeting of the officers of Health Services of Kashmir.

Special Secretary Health & Medical Education, Director Indian System of Medicines, Dr. Ab. Kabir, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Mr. Saleem-ur- Rahman, Mission Director, NRHM, Dr. Yash Pal Sharma, State Surveillance and Nodal  Officer, NCD, Dr. Rihanna Kounsar were among other senior officers attended the meeting.

Mr. Shabir Said presently this programme is under implementation in the districts of Kupwara, Kargil and Leh in Kashmir Province, where the patients having ailments ofDiabetes, malignancy, cardio-vascular disorders, Cancer and hypertension gets free treatment facilities with the cent percent financial assistance of Central Government. The Centre is funding the programs at district level to scan the patients with these diseases in the State, he said and added that during last two years the Centre has released Rs 5.84 crore and against which Rs 4.08 crore have been incurred on the free treatment of different contagious diseases in these districts. He said under National Programme of Healthcare for Elderly Rs 2.06 crore expended on the different treatments in these districts.

He instructed the concerned authorities to formulate a detailed proposal soon to moot it Union Health Ministry for approval of funds, as the Ministry in principal has agreed to grant funds to launch this Scheme to other high focused districts of the State.

Receiving appraisal about the status of NCD implemented in 3 districts of Kashmir Division, the Minister was informed that so far 36383 patients has been provided different free medicare facilities, which includes chemo doses to 116 patients, oncology to 421, pain and palliative care to 975 patients and NCD clinic OPD and IPD to 22241 patients. He was also apprised that under National Programme of Healthcare for Elderly 40000 elderly persons provided OPD and IPD care services while as 22039 such persons referred for laboratory investigations and 7781 persons provided physiotherapy.

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