SRINAGAR, June 25: Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar has asked the medicos and the paramedical staff to ensure punctuality at their places of posting so as to provide better healthcare facilities to the people visiting the state-run health institutions. He said the doctors and other staff who are punctual in their duties need to be appreciated for their services to the society.
The Advisor said this while reviewing the functioning of the Health and Medical Education Department here on monday.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Dr Pawan Kotwal, Director General Health Services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Commissioner Food Safety, Principal GMC Srinagar, Director Finance (H&ME), MD JK Medical Supplies Corporation, Director ISM J&K, Drug Controller, Mission Director National Health Mission, Joint Director Planning and other senior officers of the department.
Addressing the meeting, the Advisor asked the senior officers of the department to conduct regular field visits for effective supervision and monitoring of services.
He appreciated the performance of the department for upgrading the health infrastructure in the State and reaching out to the people with basic healthcare facilities even in remotest areas. He stressed for better-coordinated efforts for further improvement in health sector besides bringing in an effective monitoring mechanism to further improve the efficiency in the department.
Earlier, Principal Secretary (H&ME) Dr Pawan Kotwal gave a detailed power point presentation about the working and performance of the department in rendering health services to the people of the state.
The Advisor was informed about the performance of the department on various key health indicators compared to the national data. He was informed that in the year 2016, the state has achieved the digit of 24 in Infant Mortality Rate which is much less than the national average of 34.
It was further informed that during the last financial year, 2.93 crore people visited Out Patient Departments of various state-run health institutions while 1.32 crore people were admitted in IPD sections of these institutions for treatment.
The meeting took a detailed review of expenditure incurred on centrally sponsored schemes and Prime Ministers Development Package for the year 2017-18.
Status of various developmental projects under PMDP including the establishment of AIIMS at Vijaypur in Jammu and Awantipura in Kashmir and establishment of five new medical colleges and other mega projects were also discussed. Under PMDP, out of total 117 works, 61 have been completed financially during 2016-17 and 28 got completed financially during 2017-18 while 28 remaining works are proposed to be completed in the current fiscal.
During the meeting, Drug Controller informed that various steps have been taken to strengthen the network of Food Testing Laboratories in the state. She said five new well equipped Mobile Food Testing Laboratories have been procured and deployed during last financial year in the state to check the food adulteration. Besides this, the existing Food Testing Laboratories at Jammu and Srinagar have also been strengthened by upgrading equipment.
The meeting was further told that to upgrade the Drug Testing Laboratories, Rs 13 crore as the first instalment from GoI has been released out of total central assistance of Rs 34 crore.
The Advisor asked the Drug & Food Controller organization to strictly enforce the laws so that drugs available in the market are properly tested and spurious/sub-standard drugs are banned from its use.
Under Free Drug Policy, the government provides free of cost drugs to the people approaching various Govt health institutions. 68 drugs have been notified for District Hospitals/Community Health Centres, 53 for Primary Health Centres and 23 for Sub-Centres, the meeting was told.
While inquiring about the ambulance services operating in the State, the Principal Secretary informed that a total of 1100 roadworthy ambulances are operating in the state by the Health Department out of which 567 are in Jammu division and 533 in Kashmir division besides 21 Critical care Ambulances have also been put to work.
Regarding the performance under National Health Mission (NHM), the Advisor was briefed about the implementation of various programs under the mission in the state and its efforts to reduce the Maternal Mortality Ratio, Infant Mortality Rate and the Total Fertility Rate.
While reviewing the working of JK Medical Supplies Corporation, the Advisor was informed that drugs worth Rs 33.23 crore have been procured by the corporation during last two years and supplied to various health institutions of the State.
The Advisor asked the corporation to effectively maintain the quality of the drugs and conduct regular testing to check the sub-standard or spurious drugs while procuring the same from the manufacturing companies.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.