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KISHTWAR: Health department   today organized a free screening camp for children (0-18 years) under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) here at Parade ground. The Deputy Commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana inaugurated the camp in presence of SSP   Abrar Ahmed Chowdhary, Deputy SP Operation N.A. Khoja,CMO, Deputy CMO and other officials and staff of health department.

 

The camp was aimed at to provide free child health screening and treatment facilities for various ailments like defect at birth, deficiencies, diseases, developmental delay and other disabilities, under the centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). While speaking on the occasion, the DC directed concerned to work in tandem to spread awareness among participants regarding health-related problems.

 

He said that people should take benefit from   various health programmes and avail medical care facilities from nearby health centres. He further stressed that students must be facilitated with balanced diet in schools under Mid Day meal Scheme to save them from malnutrition and   other health problems. During the camp, children and students from various schools were screened, treated for various major and minor health problems and were given free medicines. They were also familiarized about importance of hand washing and other general hygiene practices.

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday said patients are dissatisfied with the care they receive at hospitals in Kashmir. “Patients arrive at hospitals expecting all their needs to be met, but they discover otherwise,”  said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement. “They are not treated with courtesy and respect,” he said.  DAK President said doctors do not spend time in talking, listening and more importantly hearing them.

He said  patients are increasedly irritated by the non-committal attitude and professional distance they encounter. “Lack of warmth and friendliness, and failure to take into account patient concerns and expectations leaves patients discontented,” said Dr Nisar. “Kind words, compassion and empathy have equal hand in cure as much as medical competence does. But this need is often not met,” he said.

He further said there are reported observations of doctors avoiding discussion on emotional and social impact of patients problems which adversely affects their recovery. Dr Nisar said in the past, hospitals were looked as most trusted friends, but there has been a steep decline in positive feelings about hospitals. Long wait times for consultations and long delays in procedures are provoking and frustrating for patients. They are left uncared for most of the time and attendants are forced to take care of their patients which otherwise is the duty of hospital staff.

He said the hospital environment is uncomfortable and distressing which is pushing patients in despair. Uncleanliness, poor food and noisy environment are adding to the woes of patients. There is no privacy in wards which makes patients uncomfortable and communication difficult between patients and doctors. “Patient satisfaction is an important indicator for measuring the quality in health care. A satisfied patient is more likely to comply with advice and higher patient satisfaction is associated with better health outcomes,” Dr Nisar said.

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  • Action initiated against BMOs, DDOs and absentees

RAJOURI: In a major inspection aimed against absenteeism and ensuring availability of essential services in the district more than 250 employees of Health and Family Welfare Department were found absent prompting the authorities to initiate administrative and disciplinary action against Block Medical Officers and DDOs of more than a dozen offices. Surprise inspection of 66 offices and health institutions that lasted for 90 minutes was conducted across the district. Against strength of 952 officials posted in these institutions only 560 were present while 249 were absent from duty and 68 on leave while 76 were either on roster waiting or deputation on field duty.

 

The inspected establishments included 3 offices, 08 SDH/CHCs, 22 PHCs, 1 Urban Health Unit, 28 NT PHCs and 4 ISM dispensaries out of more than 275 institutions in the district. The district administration earlier this month had issued circular instruction regarding absenteeism and action against DDOs and heads of offices for their weak internal control mechanism and administrative inefficiency. The DDOs were recently communicated to ensure attendance in subordinate/field offices and conduct regular inspections.

 

As many as 29 officials were found absent in CMO office, 12 in Dy CMO office, 06 in District TB Office, 15 in District Hospital, 52 in SDH / CHCs, 100 in PHCs and 35 in NTPHCs/ISM Dispensaries. Nine institutions/offices were also inspected in Kandi zone however it observed winter timing. Addl District Development Commissioner, Addl Deputy Commissioners, District Officers, Tehsildars, Block Development Officers Zonal Education Officers and other senior officers were provided an inspection schedule early morning and the process was completed in most of offices/institutions within one hour barring few remote locations. The control room established in DC office coordinated the inspection . This was 10th major inspection during last one year and 3rd such inspection of health institutions.

 

Show-Cause notices have been served upon the BMOs, Heads of offices and DDOs to explain their position for administrative inefficiency and weak control. Salary of controlling officers and absentee officers/officials has been withheld. Absentees have been summoned to attend inquiry to be conducted by ADC Rajouri on Sunday 20 May 2018 at 11 :30AM.