Affordable Healthcare To Every Citizen Is Our Endeavour: LG

‘People Of J&K Were Deprived Of Basic Health Services For Decades’

Kakrya- Asserting that the government’s constant endeavour is to ensure affordable healthcare to every citizen, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday that in last three years his administration has made adequate investment for medical education & training to protect and promote people’s health.

“It is our constant endeavour to ensure affordable healthcare to every citizen. Apart from an unprecedented increase in budgetary allocations to health sector, the government has tried to reduce inequalities in healthcare in rural areas,” Sinha said.

He made these remarks during his address to the students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing at Matrika Auditorium of SMVDU here on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.

“Our focus is availability, quality and affordability to bridge the health gap of people,” the LG said.

During his address, the official spokesperson said that the LG congratulated the students embarking on a new journey, and urged them to improve the quality of life and quality of care with dedication and compassion.

“Nursing staff is the backbone of the healthcare sector. They are well trained to provide different levels of care in preventive, diagnostic and curative health services,” Sinha said.

The LG, he said, highlighted the efforts of the government to transform the health sector in J&K and said that in the last three years, the administration has made adequate investment for medical education and training to protect and promote people’s health.

As per the spokesperson, the LG observed that the lamp lighting and oath-taking ceremony is a perfect tribute to “Florence Nightingale”- the founder of modern nursing and congratulated the management, faculty and staff of College of Nursing on the occasion.

Sinha, he said, also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for making sincere efforts to develop a strong healthcare ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir.

“People of J&K were deprived of basic health services for decades. Two AIIMS, two cancer institutes, seven new medical colleges, 15 new nursing colleges, and thousands of health and wellness centers, besides universal health insurance coverage for up to Rs. 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat-SEHAT have ensured that J&K has the best health care facilities,” the LG said.

The LG, according to the spokesperson also appreciated the management of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Hospital for extending quality medical facilities to the people and creating a special 40-bedded ward for the treatment of SEHAT beneficiaries.

“He further highlighted various measures being taken by the Government for the welfare and better health of all sections of the society, especially those living in the remote & far-flung areas,” he said.

Sinha, he said, also also recalled many initiatives taken by the Shrine Board including online darshan, home delivery of Prasad, Call Centre, E-Library, Hi-tech Video Wall, Helicopter Service, Battery Car Service, Passenger Ropeway, Pony Service, besides water conservation and sanitation measures.

“The projects like Durga Bhavan, Sky Walk, RFID Project, Theme Park, and Shankaracharya Temple will make the pilgrimage of devotees of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi more convenient and memorable,” the LG said, as per the official spokesperson.

On the occasion, he said, the LG presented awards to the best-performing students of SMVDCoN and SMVD Gurukul who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities during the past two years.

The spokesperson said that Suresh Kumar Sharma (Retd. Judge), Member of the Shrine Board and Chairman of the Governing Body of the Nursing College, in his welcome address highlighted the achievements of the College in academics and extra-curricular activities, besides 100% placement of the passing out students in various renowned institutions.

“Earlier, on his arrival at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, the Lt Governor inaugurated a new 45-bedded General Ward of the hospital equipped with latest medical equipments and dedicated the facility to public,” he added.

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