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  • Calls for full coverage of slums, creating mass awareness  

JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr Pawan Kotwal today directed the concerned officers to work in synergy with the line departments for the success of MissionIndradhanush (MI)- a massive polio immunization drive being launched in 124 identified villages across 9 districts of Jammu division. Dr Kotwal was speaking at a meeting convened to review the preparedness forthe Polio immunization. It was informed in the meeting that the special Pulse Polio immunization program under Mission Indradhanush is to be held in three rounds under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) to cover 124 identified villages across 9 districts of Jammu division. “The first round is going to start from 23rd April and continue till April 27, 2018” the meeting was told.


It was informed that during the program, pregnant women and children aged between zero and two years would be covered for immunization. The meeting was further informed that training to front line workers is in progress in all the MI districts of Jammu division while the village level data of beneficiaries has also been uploaded in GSA portal to make the process easy for the ground level workers during the immunization.


Officials said the required vaccines will be supplied in cold chain once received by the department in Jammu, even as all other logistics have been made available at all MI blocks across Jammu. The officers said that DDCs of all 9 districts have been informed to provide assistance during the immunization drive in their respective areas, while the defense officials have been asked to provide Road Opening Party (ROPs) in border areas.


Dr Kotwal directed the concerned officers to visit slums and educate people about the advantages of immunization and take necessary support from other district departments including ICDS, RDD, Youth Affairs and DDC of concerned districts to make program a success. He also directed to generate public awareness through mass media, conduct community meetings to influence resistant families and hold awareness programs in MI identified schools. He further directed the officers to work in a coordinated manner to identify the obstructions in the immunization process, if any and find solutions to remove the bottlenecks to ensure that children are fully immunized.


While commending the pulse polio drive in the state, Dr Kotwal said that visible change has been seen on ground and the state has witnessed least number of polio cases from last few years. The meeting was attended by the Director Family Welfare, MCH J&K, Dr Samir Mattoo, Director Information and Public Relations, Muneer ul Islam, ADDC Jammu, Suraiya Jabeen, Director RDD Jammu, RK Bhat, Joint Director School Education Jammu, Ajit Kumar, DD Schemes Health, Dr Dimple Singh, Divisional Nodal Officer  NHM, Dr Harjeet Rai, SMO, WHO Jammu, Dr Ravinder Singh, State Nodal Officer, Dr Qazi Haroon and others were present in the meeting.

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  • Warns strict action against slackness, directs for ensuring punctuality in health institutions
  • Interacts with prominent citizens at Rajouri, Nowshera; Listens to their grievances

JAMMU/RAJOURI: Giving a loud message against the slackness and absenteeism in the health department, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, today ordered suspension of 23 officials (including 04 doctors and 19 para-medics) in ChowkiChowra block of Jammu, and Sunderbani, block of Rajouri districts during his whirlwind and surprise visits to various health institutions.

During inspection of Emergency Hospital ChowkiChowra, the Minister found three doctors, including BMO and 17 para-medics absent from duty and ordered their immediate suspension. Similarly, while inspecting SDH, Sunderbani, one medical officer and two para-medics were found absent and ordered their suspension. The Minister also inspected SDH, Nowshera, SDH, Kalakote and District Hospital, Rajouri and took stock of the medicare and other diagnostic facilities there. He also interacted with the patients, doctors and para-medics and enquired about the facilities.


At Sunderbani, while inspecting the on-going work of 100-bedded additional block of hospital, the Minister directed the executing agency to complete the project in a time bound manner and handover the possession of the building by May next. He called for strict adherence of norms and specifications by using quality material to ensure the longevity of assets.  

While interacting with the ASHA workers at SDH, Nowshera, who are undergoing training under NHM programme, the Minister sanctioned one additional set of uniform, one pair of shoe and one umbrella annually in their favour for performing their duties more efficiently. They raised this demand before the Minister, which he acceded. These benefits will be applicable to all ASHAs working across the State. He asked them to work with more zeal and dedication and achieve the benchmarks under NHM and other health related schemes.   

At Kalakote, the people brought issue of encroachment of land of health department and called for retrieving and utilizing for expansion of hospital. They also demanded expansion of the hospital to cater to the increased workload of patients. He issued instructions to the concerned authorities for immediate removal of encroachment and restoration of land to the health department. He also assured funding for construction of additional 50-bedded block in the premises of SDH, Kalakote for which the DPR worth Rs. 7 crore stands submitted to the Government.  

Taking serious note of the absenteeism in the health institutions, the Minister said that Government will not tolerate such a lethargic attitude on the part of employees and such acts shall be dealt with severely. He called upon the heads of institutions to monitor the attendance of all employees on regular basis to ensure their punctuality so that the patient care does not suffer.

Bali directed the Director Health Services and CMOs of all districts to conduct regular inspections of the health institutions to ensure punctuality in the health institutions. He also called for strict adherence of dress code in all health institutions and directed for disciplinary action against the wilful defaulters. He said healthcare is the paramount priority of the Government and all out efforts will be made to further improve the system to ensure better delivery system on ground.  

Meanwhile, the Minister held meetings with the prominent citizens at Sunderbani, Nowshera and Rajouri and discussed with them the overall health scenario and issues related to the development of the areas. He assured them to attend the developmental issues on fast-track basis and urged for maintaining peace and communal harmony at all costs to ensure all round development and prosperity in the district, for which the coalition government is committed. MLA Nowshera, Ravinder Raina, Director Health Services, Dr. Gurjeet Singh Soodan and CMO, Rajouri, Dr. Suresh Gupta also accompanied the Minister.

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  • Union MoS AYUSH Shripad Naik inaugurates accommodation for Ayurvedic College
  • Says GoI committed to promote AYUSH sector in JK

JAMMU: Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the off-campus accommodation for the Government Ayurvedic Medical College (GAMC), Jammu in the premises of Government Ayurvedic hospital here today. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 32 lakh, the 2-storey building comprises three lecture halls, administrative block, Principal’s Office, Library and other allied accommodation for the smooth functioning of GAMS off-campus. The Government Ayurvedic Medical College which was sanctioned by the Government of India in the year 2017 and started its functioning from the Government Ayurvedic hospital, Jammu as the building of the GAMS is under construction at Akhnoor.


Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash, MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, legislators, Rajesh Gupta, Dr. Krishan Lal Bhagat, Ramesh Arora, Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Union Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Roshan Jaggi, Principal GMC and GAMC, Dr. Sunanda Raina were also present on the occasion.

Addressing a jam-packed audience in the Auditorium of GMC after the inaugural ceremony, the Union Minister said that Government of India is committed to promote AYUSH sector in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the State is blessed by the rich herbal potential and every effort will be made to make its best use for the patient care. He said the Government of India will consider all proposals of the State Government with regard to the promotion of AYUSH Sector with all sincerity and clear the same on priority.

Maintaining that AYUSH sector has witnessed tremendous growth in the country during the past over four years under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and its importance can be gauged with the creation of independent AYUSH Ministry and getting world-wide recognition of Yoga. It’s all due to the relentless efforts of Prime Minister that the AYUSH has got its due place in the country and large numbers of people are adopting the age old traditional healthcare system in the country as all components of AYUSH are free from any kind of side effects, said Mr. Naik.

Responding to the demand projected by Bali Bhagat for establishing a National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Minister said that Government of India will explore all possibilities to set up this prestigious institution in this Himalayan region for the benefits of lakhs of people, especially the researchers. He also called for completing necessary formalities including acquisition of land for two 50-bedded sanctioned Ayurvedic hospitals at Kishtwar and Kupwara so that the funds are released at the earliest. He also urged for early completion of Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital building at Akhnoor so that the off-campus is shifted there as early as possible.

Dr. Jatinder Singh congratulated the people of Jammu for getting the gift of Ayurvedic College and said that it was a long pending demand of this region which has been met by the Central Government headed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He said Jammu and Kashmir has huge herbal medicinal potential and Central Government will tap it appropriately. He appreciated the efforts of State Health Minister, Bali Bhagat for bringing the health sector on track. He said the Government of India will take more effective steps to upgrade the health sector with special emphasis on AYUSH sector. He said the Prime Minister, Narender Modi is very keen to promote the AYUSH sector across the country as this century old traditional medicare system is trusted and affordable for all and without any side effect.

Mr. Bali Bhagat thanked the Union MoS AYUSH for his personal intervention in sanctioning the Government Ayurvedic Medical College for Jammu and said that it will give further impetus to the AYUSH sector in Jammu and Kashmir. He said it’s a matter of pride for the Jammuties to have the facility of Ayurvedic College as hundreds of students used to move outside the State for pursuing BAMS courses and now they have got the facility at their doorstep.

He castigated the previous regimes for ignoring this most genuine demand of Ayurvedic College for Jammu which existed in sixties and suddenly closed down by the then regime in 1979 without assigning any valid regions. Anyway, now the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and with the help of MoS AYUSH the lost honour has been restored to the State for which the people are grateful for the gesture, said Mr Bhagat.

 He put forth the demands for establishing a National Institute of Ayurveda, Herbal Industry, 100-bedded Ayurvedic & Naturopathy at Jammu to meet the enhanced rush of patients in AYUSH sector. He also listed the achievements in health sector and initiatives to upgrade the AYUSH across the State. Ms. Asiea stressed the need for strengthening the AYUSH Sector and early completion of Unani Medical College at Ganderbal. She said AYUSH has become popular in the State for the past some decades and people are attracting towards this traditional system. She thanked the Union Minister for extending appropriate support to improve this sector.


Jugal Kishore Sharma, Pawan Kotwal, Roshan Jaggi also addressed the gathering. The para-medic students presented colorful cultural programme on the occasion. The Health Minister also gave mementoes to the guests. Prominent among those present on the occasion included, Commissioner Food Safety, J&K, Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, Director ISM, Neeraj Kumar and large number of faculty members of GMC and GAMC, doctors and para-medics.