AIIMS Will Boost Healthcare System In J&K: Minister

Baramulla: Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led dispensation is very keen to provide efficient and inclusive health and medicare services to the people, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday that the establishment of Government Medical Colleges and AIIMS facility in the Jammu and Kashmir will give a major fillip to the existing healthcare system.

Mandaviya, who is also Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, made these remarks during his visit here as part of the Union Government's public outreach programme which aims to evoke public feedback pertaining to developmental concerns, an official spokesperson said.

The Minister, he said, termed the upgradation of existing healthcare infrastructure as a pre-requisite for a healthy nation and asserted that good health of citizens and development of a nation go hand in hand as they are implicit and work together.

“He added that indicators of health care play a pivotal role in upgrading and developing the parameters of socio-economic development adding that some novel measures are being taken in this regard,” he said.

Reiterating upon the GoI's commitment to develop the healthcare architecture in J&K, Mandaviya, as per the official spokesperson said that present dispensation led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very keen to provide efficient and inclusive health and medicare services to the people with special focus on economically weaker and downtrodden sections.

He further said that the Minister maintained that the establishment of Government Medical Colleges and AIIMS facility in the UT will give a major fillip to the existing healthcare system.

Quoting the centrally sponsored Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the Minister, he said, informed that over two crore people have benefited in the last three years as the scheme provides free secondary and tertiary care hospitalization upto Rs 5 lakh every year.

“He said that costly health care services is one of the reasons of abject poverty as a large chunk of our income is spent on it,” the official spokesperson said.

“The Minister further said that the initiation of health insurance was an evolutionary step taken in health sector and budgetary allocation in health sector is being enhanced significantly every year based on aspirations of the people. He assured that every possible initiative on the part of Union Government shall be taken to upgrade and develop the basic infrastructure in our health institutions,” he added.

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a slew of developmental projects in health sector in Sopore and Baramulla.

Later, the official spokesperson said the minister chaired an interactive meeting with DDC members, BDC Chairpersons, MC Presidents and PRIs and listened to their developmental aspirations and concerns.

“The Minister gave a patient hearing and expressed happiness over the meeting held with the PRIs. He said that Union Government has a good dream for development of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the present out-reach programme has been initiated by the Government to know the basic problems of the people at the ground,” he said.

“He assured that the demands and grievances projected by the delegations have been taken note of and the same would be put up with appropriate authorities for timely redressal,” he added.

As per the official spokesperson, the Minister said that people of J&K are hardworking and different programmes and schemes have been launched in order to tap this potential.

“He extended congratulations to the PRIs for successful establishment of de-centralized system and said that present government is working to strengthen the PRI mechanism with more financial autonomy. Moreover, he emphasized upon them to identify their role and co-operate in taking the spectrum of development to the apex,” he added.

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