Upgradation Of Infra, Diagnostic Facilities In Hospitals Sought

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JAMMU — Principal Secretary Fi­nance, Navin K Choudhary to­day directed the upgradation of health facilities i the state.

He said this while chaired two separate meetings to dis­cuss the budget proposals of the Departments of Health & Medical Education. He also chaired a meeting of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in­cluding Elections for the fi­nancial year 2019-20.

Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra, Secretary Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Achal Sethi, Secretary Legislative As­sembly, R L Sharma, Registrar General J&K High Court, San­jay Dhar and senior officers of the respective departments were present in the meeting.

The Srinagar based officers including, Director SKIMS, Dr Omar Javaid Shah and Princi­pal JVC Bemina, Dr Riaz Untoo participated through Video Conferencing.

Team of senior officers from Finance Department compris­ing, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmed Wani, Directors Ex­penditures, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Parvez Ahmed Kakroo, Joint Director Budget, Raman Kumar Gupta and others at­tended the meetings.

While considering the next year’s budgetary requirements of the Health & Medical Edu­cation and SKIMS Soura, the Principal Secretary Finance said that this vital sector is topmost priority of the Gov­ernment and every possible step will be taken for further strengthen the infrastructural and other facilities for the smooth functioning of wide network of health institutions across the State for the overall benefits of patients. He urged the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education and all HoDs to identify their priori­ties like procurement of equip­ment and machinery, critical ambulances, commissioning of newly sanctioned medical col­leges and para-medical colleg­es and schools. He also called for paying focused attention to strengthen the medical facili­ties and deployment of critical care ambulances in the hilly and far-flung areas and along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway to ensure immediate medical attention to accidental cases and people of these areas.

Appreciating the concerns of the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education regarding the paucity of doctors and para-medical staff, especially to run the new colleges, Navin assured to support all tangible proposals of the Department and provid­ing necessary funding. He also agreed to earmark token funding for the makeshift arrangements to start the functioning of the new colleges from the next year.

Describing the SKIMS as pre­mier institution of the Jammu and Kashmir, Navin said this institution is catering the huge flow of patients from all corners of the State and doing excellent work. He assured to fill the gaps with regard to creating more infrastructural and other facili­ties to meet the increased work load of the institution. He called upon the management to pri­oritize areas and further action plan to upgrade facilities and accordingly the Government will provide adequate funding for this important institution.

The budget proposals and functioning of the Depart­ments of Law, Justice & Par­liamentary Affairs, including Elections were also discussed in detail and the Principal Secretary Finance assured the concerned to accommodate their all

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