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JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today informed the Legislative Assembly that every District Hospital in the State will be provided with dialysis facility within next two months. Replying to a Question by MLA Kupwara Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar, the Minister said that one Dialysis Centre is being established in District Kupwara under Centrally Sponsored Scheme “National Dialysis Programme (NDP)” and for District Hospital Handwara, funds have been released under National Health Mission during the current fiscal, he added.

 

While replying to another part of the Question the Minister said that the MoU submitted earlier to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for setting up a Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC) at Kupwara was not accepted. He said the Union Government has sought Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)/Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) approved layout plan and approved letter. The same has not been obtained from AERB/BARC and the approval letter along with revised MoU has been submitted to Union Government for approval and funding. As soon as the formal sanction and grant-in-aid is received, necessary steps would be taken to establish TCCC at Kupwara, said the Minister.

Bali further informed that the efforts are being made to provide the facilities in terms of infrastructure, hospital machinery, equipment and manpower etc to the level of District Hospital in respect of Kupwara Hospital. He said that there is no medical staff member is working in other institutions outside the constituency. He said free medicines under Free Drug Policy are available in the health institutions of Kupwara Constituency. Nawang Rigzin Jora, G M Saroori and Altaf Ahmad Wani raised supplementary queries to the main Question and called for further streamlining the healthcare facilities, especially the Dialysis facilities in their constituencies.

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JAMMU: The Government today said that six persons including five soldiers and a civilian have been killed while eleven have been injured in the Sunjwan Fidayeen attack. While making a statement in the House regarding the incident, the Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, A R Veeri  said that on February 10,  militants carried out a Fidayeen attack by opening indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades inside the camp of 36 Brigade 1st JAKLI situated in Sunjwan Jammu.

 

He said soon after the attack, J&K Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area and later militants entered in JCO family quarters where they opened indiscriminate firing, and also exchange of firing between Army troops and militants took place. He said five Armymen namely Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Havaldar Habib-ullah Qureshi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed and Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal of 1st JAKLI   and father of L/NK Mohammad lqbal were killed.

He said eleven persons were also injured in the incident who have been identified as Lt Col Rohit Solanki of 6th Mahar,  Maj Avijit Singh of 6th Mahar, L/NK Bahadur Singh of 1st JAKLI, Havaldar Abdul Hamid Rashid of 1st JAKLI ,  Paramjeet Kaur-relative of Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Neha D/O Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Somati Jena S/O Havaldar Haripoda Jena, PA to 36 Bde Cdr,(Head injury), W/O Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Daughter of Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Sub. Rajinder Singh of 6th Mahar and wife of Rifleman Nazir Ahmed. He said the injured wife of Riflemen Nazir Ahmad was pregnant and delivered a baby at MH Satwari. He said 03 militants were also killed and firing stopped during night of February 11 at 0200 hrs and area is still under cordon- and is being sanitized.

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  • ‘4 injured, operation on’

JAMMU: The Government today informed the House that two Army personnel were killed in the ongoing Fidayeen attack on Sunjwan Military Station till the last reports came in. Making a statement in the House regarding the incident, Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, A R Veeri said that at about 0410 hours a group of Fidayeen attacked Sunjwan Military Station (36 Brigade) resulting in death of Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary and Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir besides four others, including a civilian, got injured who have been shifted to GMC Jammu for treatment.

 

The Minister informed the House that the whole area has been cordoned off by Army and the security forces and operation is underway as militants have taken refuge in JCO quarters in the area. He said during the operation, Col Rohit Solanki, Havaldar Abdul Hamid and Lance Naik Bahadur Singh and Neha D/O of Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary got injured who were initially shifted to Military Hospital Satwari and afterwards to Government Medical College, Jammu for treatment.

 

The Minister said the exact number of Fidayeen is still not known but as per the initial call received at Police Control Room (PCR) Jammu at around 0455 hours this morning, four to five militants are involved in the attack. He said PCR Jammu immediately alerted all the concerned police establishments as well as Civil Administration regarding the incident. The Minister said GMC Jammu has also been informed to be in readiness to deal with any exigency and ensure best medical care to the injured.