LG Inaugurates J&K’s First Maternal & Child Health Conclave

LG Manoj Sinha hands over LaQshya Certification at J&K’s First Maternal & Child Health Conclave

Says J&K registered significant decline in IMR in last one year

Srinagar- Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Monday that Jammu and Kashmir has registered significant decline in the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) during last one year and his administration envisions to further decrease the Maternal & Child mortality to establish the Union Territory at the forefront of providing quality healthcare.

Sinha made these remarks on the inauguration of J&K’s first Maternal and Child Health Conclave at SKICC, an official spokesperson. The LG, he said, also dedicated Paediatric wards, ICUs, Maternal ICUs to the public on this occasion.

In his inaugural address, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the conclave will provide a unique platform to deliberate upon challenges, opportunities and newer initiatives in Maternal and Child healthcare.

Sinha, he said, maintained that UT of J&K has registered significant decline in the Infant Mortality Rate during the last one year and the administration envisions to further decrease the Maternal and Child mortality to establish UT at the forefront of providing quality healthcare.

The spokesperson said that the LG stressed that Medical Institutions must provide a big canvas to our researchers and doctors who are talented and capable to produce path-breaking inventions in the healthcare.

“I hope that our talent pool will be responsive to such opportunities and take full advantage of it for larger public interest,” Sinha said.

On the occasion, he said, the LG urged the premier Medical Colleges, Super Specialty Hospitals and other health institutions to encourage research and new innovations at the grassroots level to further strengthen the Health Safety Net in the UT.

“We have taken decisive steps to address healthcare challenges and enhancing access to health facilities in remote areas. Grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing best health infrastructure to UT of J&K. It has given a new hope and confidence to healthcare sector”, the LG said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG Highlighted the major strides in the healthcare ecosystem of the UT and said that J&K has the unique distinction of being the first UT of the country with two AIIMS and two Cancer Institutes, besides seven new medical colleges have been established in the UT in just eight years.

“Apart from this, Prime Minister also launched the Ayushman Bharat-Sehat Scheme in December 2020, extending health insurance of Rs 5 lakh per family to every citizen without any discrimination,” the LG said.

The spokesperson further said that it was also informed that in a span of just two years, 2209 health and wellness centers have been established which are providing health facilities to the people even in far flung areas, besides 211 Ambulances are providing 24X7 facilities in Jammu and Kashmir Divisions in addition to 286 general ambulances which are serving the people. 64 Advanced Life Support Ambulances were also inducted into the fleet to fill all the existing gaps in healthcare in saving precious lives.

“Dialysis facilities which were limited to only a few districts are available in all 20 districts of UT and 27,129 dialysis sessions have been given to the patients in just one year,” he said.

Pertinently, as per National Family Health Survey, the UT of J&K has registered tremendous improvement in various healthcare parameters during the last couple of years, catapulting J&K into the coveted top ranking in the hierarchy.

“Medicity projects are being started in both Jammu and Kashmir divisions with an investment of about Rs 4,575 crore, which will create 1000 MBBS seats, provide employment opportunities to thousands of medical professionals and would add thousands of additional beds for patients in health facilities, it was informed,” he added.

On the occasion, the spokesperson said that the LG handed over LaQshya Certification to Health facilities and released a Report on “Situation Analysis of Maternal Health in J&K”.

Videos on Maternal and Child health care services that are being extended in the UT and a feature on sanction of MCH Hospital at Lamberi, Rajouri were also showcased on the occasion.

Others who spoke on the occasion included LG’s Advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education Manoj Dwivedi, Director NHM-II, Union MoHFW Dr Neha Garg, MD NHM, J&K Choudhary Mohammad Yasin and Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre Maj Gen Atul Kotwal.

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