Need speedy Medical attention

Young Bites. Dated: 7/12/2017 11:58:56 AM

Union Government has flagged Jammu and Kashmir as Priority
State so far as health sector is concerned. The remaining
amount of Rs. 50 crore under PMDP has been released for expeditious
completion of various important health projects. The funds to
the tune of Rs. 44.54 crore under Infrastructure Maintenance Pool
on account of salary of staff borne on CSS-Family Welfare Scheme
have also been released during the current financial year.The Union
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has approved enhancement
of 70 more PG seats in different disciplines for the Government
Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir from the 2017-18 session.
As per the technical norms and student-faculty ratio, 20 seats
have been increased in SKIMS, Soura, 37 in GMC, Srinagar and 13
in GMC, Jammu. Prominent issues including release of balance
funds under PMDP, reimbursement of non-Plan budget under
Family Welfare Scheme, expediting formal sanction and release of
funds for Medical College, Doda, release of funds for State Cancer
Institute’s, establishment/upgradation of drug testing laboratories
in the state, release of funds for three Tertiary Care Cancer Centres,
establishment of Burn Care Unit at GMC, Jammu and establishment
of two AIIMS, one each at Kashmir and Jammu needs to addressed
on priority. While the State government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba
Mufti has taken some effective measures about the health
sector, hundreds of healthcare centers in Jammu and Kashmir are
craving for the attention and facing shortage of manpower. The
Governor had also directed the Health Secretary to issue orders
for withdrawing doctors attached at any station, including New
Delhi, without availability of posts are superfluous without any
actual requirement or availability of posts. Around 1000 gazetted
posts are lying vacant in Health and Medical education department
in the State including 500 vacancies in Health and Family Welfare
Services, 100 vacancies in Medical Education department, government
dental colleges 50, and around 150 posts are lying vacant in
ISM and drug and food control organization. However, Governor
recently directed that Health Secretary to follow a policy for filling
up the posts of Medical Officers to be posted in Medical Colleges
and other departments without compromising the manpower
availability in the Health Department. Geo-Informatics System has
found that the state has deficiency of 1,757 health institutions based
on catchment area, population coverage and existing health care
institutes across the J&K. Figures of Union Ministry of Health and
Family Affairs released last year too revealed a grim picture of the
Health sector. Out of 2265 sub-health centres in J&K, 1290 (57 per
cent) have no regular water supply. Similarly 1013 of these SHCs
have no electricity and 672 are without an all-weather motorable
approach road. Officials must make ‘serving people’ their prime
motive. “God has bestowed upon them an important assignment,
so they should feel lucky and honored to serve people. Health
sector should be upgraded in terms of manpower and equipment
by working towards complete revamp and overhaul of the health
sector and in due course of time this vital sector should be in best of
its shape. An effective monitoring mechanism should be put in place
to enforce accountability and transparency in implementation of
health schemes and delivery of services.


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