Our Efforts To Reform Health Sector Have Been Impressive: LG


Says Govt Introducing New Reforms For Developing Balanced Healthcare Ecosystem

Jammu- The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that his government is introducing new reforms for developing a balanced healthcare ecosystem that promotes social equality, besides ensuring easily accessible quality health facilities for all.

Sinha made these remarks after inaugurating 10-bed state-of-the-art Palliative/Geriatric Care Wards in all districts of Jammu & Kashmir, an official spokesperson said.

The LG, he said, congratulated the Health department for creating the much-needed facility and said the landmark step bridges a decades-old void in the healthcare system by offering dedicated facilities to elderly and critically-ill ageing patients, ensuring their dignity and quality of life.

He said that the LG also observed that the need for accessible, effective geriatrics and palliative care has grown over the past several decades, but remained unaddressed in J&K.

“The Palliative/Geriatric Care, which I had the pleasure to inaugurate today, demonstrates another social dimension. It places the care of the elderly as a top priority of the entire healthcare ecosystem in our quest towards building a strong, prosperous, and caring UT,” Sinha said.

Speaking on the transformation taking place in the health sector of J&K, the spokesperson said that the LG stated that his government is introducing new reforms for developing a balanced healthcare ecosystem that promotes social equality, besides ensuring easily accessible quality health facilities for all.

The LG, he said, also claimed that this important stride in the healthcare sector truly symbolizes PM Narendra Modi's vision of self-reliance, achieving excellence in modern health facilities for remote locations, and reducing the urban-rural divide to deliver services at people's doorstep.

“Our efforts to reform the health sector have been impressive. We have addressed the health infrastructure issue with a comprehensive and long-term national vision under the guidance of the Prime Minister and even the far-flung areas now have adequate, affordable, and reliable healthcare facilities,” Sinha said.

“New infrastructure has been built at a cost of Rs 7177 crore; 140 projects have been completed by spending Rs 881 crore to strengthen basic health facilities in all the districts. Moreover, Rs 7873 crore has been allocated for the health sector in this year’s budget, which will create unprecedented health facilities in the UT,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the LG expressed gratitude to the Doctors, paramedics, healthcare workers for their tireless contribution towards making J&K a leading UT in Covid management and vaccination in the country.

“To serve the one in need is our culture. We must dedicate ourselves to the service of mankind with responsibility, compassion, and utmost sensitivity and make the healthcare facilities easily accessible to all,” the LG said.

On the occasion, the spokesperson said that the LG also called upon departments implementing various social welfare schemes to be proactive to the needs and issues of the elderly.

“It is the responsibility of all to make them aware of this new facility which is available in the district hospital. The success of this historic initiative will be fully realized when no person has to wander for treatment, and the administration itself reaches out to the needy,” Sinha added.

‘Govt To Explore Full Potential Of Pilgrimage Tourism’

The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that his government is giving a dedicated focus on exploring the full potential of UT’s pilgrimage tourism to provide a memorable experience to the pilgrims, besides giving a fillip to the economic development of the region.

The LG made these remarks during his interaction with former legislator and senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana here at Raj Bhawan, an official spokesperson said Thursday.

Rana, he said, called on the LG and discussed the revival of the original route to the holy cave of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine at Trikuta Hills- passing through Kol Kandoli Temple Nagrota, Durga Mata temple - Pangali, Shiv temple - Thandapani - Drabi, Shiv Shakti temple – Marh, Drabi, Kali Mata temple - Gundla Talab, Ram Darbar and Shiv temple - Bamyal, Oli temple Chhapanoo-Bamyal.

“Rana also projected several demands and issues including the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; regularization of daily wagers, besides the issue of J&K Police Border Battalions,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG while interacting with the senior BJP leader said that the UT government is giving a dedicated focus on exploring the full potential of J&K’s pilgrimage tourism to provide a memorable experience to the pilgrims, besides giving a fillip to the economic development of the region.

Sinha, he said, assured the BJP leader that all his concerns and issues would be looked into meticulously.

Meanwhile, DDC Chairperson, Baramulla, Safina Baig also met the LG here on Thursday.

Safina, according to an official spokesperson, discussed with LG various matters pertaining to the development of District Baramulla, besides other issues of public importance.

“The Lt Governor assured the DDC Chairperson of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction,” he added.

Besides Rana and Safina, Vice-Chancellor, Mata Vaishno Devi University, Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha and Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Jammu, Prof. Sanjeev Jain also met the LG and discussed the functioning of the University besides several issues of academic and administrative importance.

“The Lt Governor asked the VCs to take all the requisite measures for strengthening the academic and research environment to bring qualitative improvement in the overall functioning of the Universities,” the spokesperson said.

“The Lt Governor further advised them to adopt innovative and reformative measures and put special focus on capacity building of the students to make them future-ready,” he added.

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