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SRINAGAR:  In an attempt to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases among people associated with livestock, for the first time Animal Husbandry Department and Department of social and preventive medicine GMC Srinagar today signed a memorandum of understanding on a collaborative research programme on Brucellosis disease. The memorandum was ratified between Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep, Fisheries and Transport Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon and Head of Department of social and preventive medicine GMC Srinagar Muhammad Saleem Khan.

Joint Director Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products Zakura Dr Tahir Ahmed Beigh, Deputy Director Poultry Dr Altaf Alaie, Principal Investigator Animal Husbandry Department Dr Gowhar Nabi Gora and other officers of GMC and Animal Husbandry Department were also present. The collaboration would take up the study of the Zoonotic impact of the disease and identification of high-risk groups in the valley.  With the start of the study, the SPM and GMC team will start screening the animal rearers, Veterinarians and Para-veterinary staff.

It was decided the collaboration would be carried through the office of the Joint Director of Institute of Animal health and Biological Products Zakura and head of the Department of Social And Preventive Medicine GMC. Dr Samoon also inaugurated the newly commissioned ELISA lab at the institute to provide diagnostic support system at the molecular level to the field for confirmatory diagnosis.

He highlighted the importance of the biological products and disease diagnostic wings of the institute in the prevention of economically important diseases like Black Quarter(BQ), Haemorrhagic Septicemia(HS), Fowl duck Cholera(FDC), Anthrax etc. “Laboratories need to be strengthened for diagnosis, monitoring, surveillance and outbreak control or containment operations of the diseases so that the farmers won't incur losses,” he said.

While having a detailed review of the research facilities, Dr Samoon said that laboratories need to be equipped with modern technologies and research should be carried out to put a check on the spread of communicable diseases in the state. On the occasion, Dr Samoon also released Animal Disease Monitoring and Surveillance(ADMAS) annual report, Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD) status paper (Kashmir) for year 2018-19 and Standard Operating Procedures( SOP’s) for Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme(FMD-CP), under which subsidized vaccination against the disease would be taken up to safeguard the interests of the farming community.

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RAJOURI: Taking cognizance of the video circulated in the social media, regarding issues of scuffle between a Medical Officer posted in PHC Moughla and the attendants of the patients, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad ordered an inquiry through a committee, comprises of the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kalakote and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Rajouri to bring out true facts in the issue. The DC directed the inquiry committee to submit a detailed factual report within a period of three days, positively, so that action under law could be initiated. The video circulated has brought out the breaking of door and manhandling of the Medical Officer by the attendants of the patient over the issue related to his treatment.

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  • Distributes first aid kit for students

UDHAMPUR: In an endeavour to motivate the students of rural areas, build their confidence and promote their talent the Indian Army organised a lecture on Drug Menace awareness and distributed First Aid Kit for school students. The event was conducted at Govt Primary School, Lehran. The aim of conducting the lecture on Drug Menace awareness for school students was to make the students aware about the negative effects of drugs.

During the lecture, awareness about drug addiction was also brought out. All the queries regarding the subject asked by students were also clarified during the lecture. Apart from this, distribution of First Aid Kit for school students were also done as many of the students live in remote villages and do not have access to medical facilities and medicines. The teachers and students expressed their gratitude towards the Indian Army for organising such events to boost the morale of the students, encourage talent and provide impetus in fostering confidence amongst the future generation of our great country.


UDHAMPUR: To address the medical problems of populace in far flung and remote areas, a Medical Camp was conducted at Dharam village of Ramban district by Indian Army. Dharam is a remote village in Ramban district and is devoid of basic medical facilities. The local population has to travel for long distances through difficult terrain to get basic medical facilities at Gool. Such initiatives by the Army have not only enabled patients to be treated closer to their homes but also helped in increasing awareness about cleanliness, hygiene and healthy living.

A team of Army doctors along with Nursing Assistants conducted the camp. More than 300 patients, including men, women and children were provided medical treatment and check up, by the medical staff. Medicines were also distributed to the patients. The medical staff also provided counseling on hygiene and sanitation, importance of safe drinking water and modern day health lifestyle related diseases. The medical camp was well received by the local populace.

Speaking on the occasion on behalf of the locals, Sarpanch of the village Dharam, expressed his gratitude and appreciation towards the Army for its pledge towards addressing the medical problems of the locals. He said that the Army has always worked towards bringing good health and happiness to the needy village folk and the region as a whole.