BARAMULLA, Sept 18: Terming the upgradation of existing healthcare infrastructure as a pre-requisite for a healthy nation, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya today asserted that good health of citizens and development of a nation go hand in hand as they are implicit and work together. He added that indicators of health care play a pivotal role in upgrading and developing the parameters of socio-economic development adding that some novel measures are being taken in this regard.
The Minister made these remarks during his visit to Baramulla district as part of the Union Government’s public outreach programme which aims to evoke public feedback pertaining to developmental concerns.
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Reiterating upon the GoI’s commitment to develop the healthcare architecture in J&K, Mandaviya said that present dispensation led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very keen to provide efficient and inclusive health and medicare services to the people with special focus on economically weaker and downtrodden sections. He added that establishment of Government Medical Colleges and AIIMS facility in the UT will give a major fillip to the existing healthcare system.
Quoting the centrally sponsored Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the Minister informed that over two crore people have benefited in the last three years as the scheme provides free secondary and tertiary care hospitalization upto Rs 5 lakh every year. He said that costly health care services is one of the reasons of abject poverty as a large chunk of our income is spent on it.
Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a slew of developmental projects in health sector which include inauguration of high-tech CT Scan machine at Sub-district hospital Sopore having project cost of Rs 1.72 crore, inauguration of PM – Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra at SDH Sopore, inauguration of photo exhibition depicting developmental journey of new GMCs and AIIMS, at Government Medical College Baramulla and inauguration of 50 bedded Portable Healthcare Unit at Baramulla.
Later, the minister chaired an interactive meeting with DDC members, BDC Chairpersons, MC presidents and PRIs and listened to their developmental aspirations and concerns.
He assured that the demands and grievances projected by the delegations have been taken note of and the same would be put up with appropriate authorities for timely redressal.
The Minister said that people of J&K are hardworking and different programmes and schemes have been launched in order to tap this potential. He extended congratulations to the PRIs for successful establishment of de-centralized system and said that present government is working to strengthen the PRI mechanism with more financial autonomy. Moreover, he emphasized upon them to identify their role and co-operate in taking the spectrum of development to the apex.