AIIMS Kashmir To Be Made Functional Next Year: LG

Jammu- Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday said that AIIMS at Jammu is fully functional while the one at Awantipora in Pulwama district will be made functional next year.

“Till 2014, there were only three medical colleges in J&K ,but with Prime Minister Narendera Modi Ji’s interest, seven new medical colleges were sanctioned. The AIIMS in Jammu is fully functional and the one coming up at Awantipora will be made functional next year,” the LG said

The LG made these remarks during the inauguration of ‘Jashn-e-Sehat’, two-day health conclave to celebrate people’s right to health and deliberate challenges and future roadmap for better health services delivery, here at Convention Centre, an official spokesperson said Friday.

Sinha said that the people in the erstwhile state faced persistent neglect of healthcare for almost 63 years, while the Prime Minister established a resilient health system and provided health assurance to all.

“A more happier and productive society is our prime objective. I believe public health is fundamental to stable socio-economic growth. Prudent policy followed by robust implementation helped us to fill gaps in health care capacities and eradicate inequality between rich and poor,” Sinha said.

The LG, the spokesperson said, also maintained that while many developed nations are mulling over Universal health coverage, PM Narendra Modi has ensured equal access to health services without financial hardship.

“For almost 67 years, people of J&K faced persistent neglect of healthcare. There was no government health insurance scheme. Prime Minister established a resilient health system and provided health assurance to all,” the LG said.

“The State health agency that is implementing ABPMJAY SEHAT has achieved many milestones since the launch of initiative and more than 77 lakh people have been provided with Ayushman cards and so far 6 lakh beneficiaries have been provided free and cashless treatments under the scheme,” he added.

Sinha, the spokesperson said, also informed that around 1000 people are using the health golden card per day and getting treatment worth Rupees two and a half crore daily.

The LG, he said, further observed that approximately 92% of families in the J&K have at least one Ayushman Card with four districts ¬— Ganderbal, Shopian, Kulgam and Samba have achieved 100% saturation as per the NFSA database while four other districts— Poonch, Anantnag, Pulwama and Ramban are nearing 98% saturation.

“Leave no one behind is not just a mantra for me but it is also my commitment to the people. Public well-being is always at the center of our policies and our spending on health programs has risen as compared to many developed and bigger states,” Sinha said.

Highlighting the achievements of J&K further, the LG, as per the spokesperson said that the UT is emerging as a shining example across the country with world class health infrastructure.

“Besides, 7 new medical colleges work is underway on 2 AIIMS, 2 State Cancer Institute’s, 2 Bone & Joint hospitals and more than 300 health infrastructure projects,” the LG said.

“In last three years, 2742 health and wellness centers have been established; 207 Advanced Life Support Ambulances and 286 Basic Life Support Ambulances have been dedicated for the health care of the general public,” he added.

The spokesperson said that the LG further informed that on order to shift towards automated service delivery, the government has launched ‘e-SAHAJ’ project which entails online appointment from doctors, and digitization of patient’s medical records etc.

“In the first phase of e-SAHAJ, 575 health facilities have been covered and it is integrated with Rapid Assessment System, which will also provide real time feedback from common citizens,” Sinha said.

On this occasion, the spokesperson said, the LG congratulated the people of Jammu Kashmir and appreciated the dedicated efforts of health care workers, officers of State Health Agency and National Health Mission for the robust implementation of the health insurance schemes.

Earlier, Sinha, he said, felicitated the Deputy Commissioners and CMOs of the Districts, representatives of hospitals of public and private sector for the outstanding work and achievements in the implementation of the schemes of health sector.

A short clip of the testimonies of the beneficiaries of PMJAY AB & SEHAT was also displayed on the occasion.

The LG, the spokesperson said, also launched Qissa-e-Ayushman coffee table book, e-RUPI prepaid e-vouchers for providing diagnostic services, e-SAHAJ (Electronic System for Administration of Hospital and Joint Management), and Tele-MANAS (Mental Health Assistance & Networking Across States) cell of NHM. He also released a report on Gap Assessment of District Hospitals as per IPHS 2022.

On the occasion, the LG, he said, underscored that Right to health for all without discrimination is our commitment.

“We have ensured every citizen in need of medical attention is treated with respect and dignity,” Sinha added.

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