Jammu- Asserting that his government is committed to the goal of health for all, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday that his administration is determined to ensure that the new health facilities in various districts promote social equality and its benefits reach our brothers and sisters living in far-flung areas.
Sinha made these remarks while laying foundation stones for various state-of-the-art health infrastructure projects at GMCs, DHs, and CHCs & PHCs across the UT, an official spokesperson said.
In presence of LG, he said, , a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Tata Memorial Hospital and Government Medical College Jammu for technical expertise and academic support for developing modernized cancer care facilities.
The spokesperson said that the LG launched a social security scheme for employees under the National Health Mission and also handed over ex-gratia cheques of Rs 10 lakhs each to the NoKs of the deceased employees of NHM.
The LG, he said, maintained that the augmented facilities will contribute towards further strengthening of the healthcare system.
“J&K Government is committed to the goal of health for all. We are determined to ensure that the new health facilities in various districts promote social equality and its benefits reach our brothers and sisters living in far-flung areas,” Sinha said.
The MoU with Tata Memorial Hospital for academic & technical collaboration will help in developing ultra-modern tertiary cancer care facilities & technical expertise to faculty, paramedical staff and integration of State Cancer Institute into National Cancer Grid, Tata Memorial Centre,” he added.
Expressing his gratitude towards the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for transforming the health sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lt Governor, as per the spokesperson said that the healthcare infrastructure has changed dramatically since 2014.
“Earlier, a privileged few were enjoying medical care facilities in big cities and abroad while the majority of the population did not have access even to ordinary health care facilities. With the commitment to public health, we ensured high-quality healthcare for all,” the LG said.
He said that the Prime Minister gave seven new medical colleges, two AIIMS, 10 Nursing Colleges and Rs.7,700 Crore worth projects to create best medical institutions in the UT.
“Earlier, there was no health insurance scheme in the UT. Hon'ble PM rolled out SEHAT scheme and brought every citizen under the health care safety net. Before 2019, there were only 129 health and wellness centers across Jammu and Kashmir. 1275 new health and wellness centers have been set up in two years,” Sinha said.
“In the backdrop of global pandemic, research, human knowledge and technical intervention in healthcare is increasing at an explosive pace that was unthinkable even a decade ago. We are devoting greater attention to medical education and 1897 medical education seats have been increased in the last two years,” he added.
To effectively confront the challenges of human resources in the health sector, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that his government is also setting up 10 new nursing colleges.
“This will go a long way in overcoming the shortage of nurses” Sinha said.
The LG, as per the spokesperson said that the new health infrastructure at CHCs and PHCs will strengthen rural public health infrastructure, creation of human resources in the UT, and help the health department to provide quality health care to the doorsteps of common people.
“Additional AYUSH Health and Wellness Centers are being set up to meet the increasing demand for Ayurvedic and other Indian system of medicine facilities in rural and urban areas,” the LG said.
“Today, J&K is one of the best performing regions in the country in terms of health facilities. This itself shows the commitment of the administration towards strengthening the healthcare sector in J&K,” he added.
The LG, as per the spokesperson said that by collaborating with world-renowned healthcare companies like Tata Memorial Hospital and Apollo Hospitals, his government was introducing fundamental changes to ensure the best healthcare to the people of the UT.
“We are also moving ahead to provide facility for online appointments and digitization of medical records of the patients,” he said.
Paying his heartfelt tributes to all health workers who sacrificed their lives while selflessly serving others, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that he stand with their families.
“Request has been made to the Central Government regarding the compensation to the remaining families of NHM employees,” the LG said, adding “We are grateful to our doctors, nurses, paramedics, ASHA & Anganwadi workers and vaccination team on the ground who are working relentlessly and sincerely in the fight against global pandemic. I believe their efforts will continue with renewed energy and focus,”
According to the spokesperson, the LG urged the medical fraternity to complement government’s efforts to make J&K Nasha-Mukt, and also raise awareness about healthy lifestyle.
On the occasion, the LGannounced NHM Employees Welfare Fund and also launched S.H.I.F.A (Stimulated Health Information Facilitation Assistant), a whatsapp based integrated technology extension to 104 centralized health helpline, and Asha Gullak App for tracking and monitoring of ASHA payments and performances.
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