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Doctor crunch hits healthcare services; Requirement already proposed to Govt: DHSK

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Srinagar, Mar 27: Healthcare services in the rural hospitals are in bad shape, especially with the Primary Health Centers (PHCs) grappling with shortage of doctors.

One of the officials in the health department said that the situation in rural health centres has reached a bleeding point. “Go to any hospital in rural Kashmir, there is a beeline of people. The demand and provision of services has increased over the years, but due to shortage of doctors, the quality of services is bound to suffer,” said the official.

 

Sources said that the prevailing scenario vis-à-vis availability of doctors can be gauged from the figures which reveal that the doctor-patient ratio in Jammu Kashmir is 1:1880 against the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) of 1:1000. “Nothing has changed considerably on the ground from the shortage of doctors. Most of the district hospitals have become referral hospitals, while the Government Medical College Hospitals have been flooded with patients from other districts and the hospital administration is facing extreme hardships in providing better healthcare facilities to all the patients”, sources said.

Sources said that the situation is worst in the hospitals at some district headquarters and in remote areas where vacancies of doctors are ranging between 50%. “Every time when the issue of shortage of manpower is raised at any forum the ball is put in the court of recruiting agencies-Public Services Commission and Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, but no serious efforts were ever made to exert pressure on these recruiting agencies to expedite the recruitment process so that real objective and vision of the Health and Medical Education Department is achieved”, sources remarked.

On the other hand sources said that despite several benefits, doctors don’t want to go to the rural areas because of various reasons. “They don’t get good facilities for their families such as education and ease of living as they get in urban cities,” said a senior health ministry official.

“We are trying our level best to move doctors to rural areas because these areas too require good healthcare services.” According to official data, in 2015-16, 1.2 crore out patients were examined in hospitals of rural Kashmir. The number is twice the OPD load in rural Kashmir in 2010-11. However, there has been no substantial allocation of additional human resources to cater to this load, the official said.

One of the doctors said that the subsequent governments have failed to fix the ailing health sector – the brunt of which is being primarily faced by the people in rural areas. “From news reports, you will come to know about fights between medicos and attendants over petty issues in the rural hospitals every third day which is an indication of the fact that doctors are not able to provide desired care to all the patients, but who cares?” said the doctor wishing anonymity.

The doctors said that the theory and practice in rural hospitals of Kashmir is this: if the doctor is female, then the place for her is the maternity ward.

“Hundreds of female doctors, whatever be their qualification and specialty, are being made to handle cases that properly need a gynecologist or obstetrician to attend to,” they maintained.

The Director health services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said that the requirement for additional human resource had been proposed to government and that they were hopeful that more posts of doctors would be sanctioned. “We have support from other schemes and programs but if we want to continue delivery of healthcare and services we would definitely need more doctors,” he said. (KNS)


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Restoration of Srinagar roads to begin this week: DC

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Srinagar, Apr 21 : Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Sunday said that restoration work of roads across the district damaged during snow-clearance operations this past winter will start this week.

The DC who was speaking in a meeting with Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of the Public Works Department said the delay in repairing of roads resulted from the strike by contractors.

He said some 30 roads totalling over 60 kilometres of road length from across the district will be repaired adding that funds therefor have been released to the concerned agencies.

 

The concerned officers have been instructed to devote all efforts required and ensure completion of the road restoration work within the shortest time possible.

The DC while stating that the government recognises and is addressing the issues of the contractors said stringent of actions as warranted under the law will be taken against attempts at creating hinderances in the restoration work.

He said hinderances therein will be seen as attempts at causing public nuisance and inconvenience and that criminal proceedings will be initiated against offenders without second thoughts.

Dr Shahid who is also the District Election Officer of the Srinagar district said clearance on account of the Model Code of Conduct has been accorded for initiation of developmental works with special focus being on the roads.

Joint Director Planning M Yaseen Lone and Superintending Engineers Roads & Buildings and Circular Road Project Srinagar and Executive Engineers Construction Division-I, Construction Division-II, Left River Circular Road, Right River Circular Road, City Roads, Landscaping Division, Truck Terminal Division and Project Circle Division were all present in the meeting.

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Article 370 bridge between J&K and Centre: Mir

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Srinagar, Apr 21: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency G A Mir on Sunday said that Article 370 reflects the unique identity of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, working as bridge between State and Centre.
“Congress Party will take all measures to safeguard the special status, won’t allow BJP to play with the emotions of the people, for the fact, the Special Status granted to J&K under Constitutions of India has emotional binding with the people, any attempt to dilute it will be thwarted,” Mir said while addressing public meetings at Halsidar, Halan, Dooru Ziyarat and at Historic Lal Chowk in Anantnag town.
Taking a jibe at BJP for raking up 370 issues for electoral gains, Mir said that, “BJP knows that the Article cannot be tinkered because of its permanency and supremacy, whatever Narindar Modi or Amit Shah, say with regard to the issue during their election rallies were based on lies and deceit to mislead people of the Country,” he said.
G.A Mir added and appealed people of Anantnag to ensure his victory with a thumping majority to ensure that communal and fascist forces, besides the opportunist political fronts in J&K are defeated.
He appealed people not to miss the opportunity of the present elections to defeat BJP-RSS menace, which have been dreaming to abrogate Article 370 once they get the clear majority and sought people support to defend the special status of the State from being eroded.
G.A. Mir said PDP which has failed people on all fronts even got the By-Elections to Anantnag Lok Sabha tactfully cancelled to evade defeat besides satisfying the BJP RSS because the communal forces were afraid of Congress Party’s victory, now this opportunist Party (PDP) was again trying to mislead people of south Kashmir for electoral gains, but at the same time, Mir felt confident that people of Anantnag will come out on 23rd April to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party to ensure that communal forces and their old friends were kept at bay, he said.
It is our ultimate goal to serve people and ensure their safety and development, we (Congress Party) will not be cowed down by the falsehood of PDP BJP and other opportunist Parties and will continue to serve people to the best of our ability, besides safeguarding the special status of the State, although Congress Party was the architect of Art 370 35A granting special status to J&K, but this time the party has reiterated its commitment which the Party has declared in its poll manifesto, G.A. Mir said .

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Geelani calls for election boycott, shutdown in Anantnag on Apr 23

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Srinagar, Apr 21: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday urged people to boycott polls and observe shutdown on April 23 in Anantnag.
“Participation in elections, amounts to “betrayal of the sacred blood of martyrs and disrespect towards those who were deprived of their belongings, lost eyesight and those who while ruthless killed, arrested, economically strangulated, caged, enforced demographic changes through judicial onslaught just to cement the illegal forced occupation,” Geelani said in a statement.
He wanted people to stand united in defeating the nefarious designs of the oppressor and completely boycott the elections as they did in Srinagar, which will have very positive and encouraging effect on the ongoing movement, as Indian imperialistic mindset is portraying these elections as a substitute to our right to self-determination and always tries to hoodwink the Indian people & international community.
In a statement issued, Hurriyat (G) chairman further said that those who participate in elections and seeking votes from people have an unending lust of power and wealth, which increases with each passing day. They are nothing, but the worst enemies of our nation as they act as the collaborators of the oppressor just for their personnel gains. It is their lust for power and follies sponsored by these corroborators that justifies the enforced occupation, He said.
He said that we have invested mighty human material and every person, family and region has its own contribution which legalizes and compels the stakeholders not to let these precious sacrifices go waste.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that our occupier is not only brutal but cunning as well. Votes on basic necessities and daily needs are being portrayed as endorsement for their forced occupation.
Elaborating leadership said, that we should convey a strong message to world community that Jammu and Kashmir is a political dispute and the election drama being staged in the territory by India cannot be an alternative to the right to self-determination for people in Jammu & Kashmir.

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