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SRINAGAR: Minister for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari along with Minister for Health & Medical Education and ARI & Trainings, Ch Lal Singh Wednesday chaired a meeting to discuss the legalities concerning, Food and Drug Control Organization and various other issues pertaining to Health and Medical Education Department.

Advocate General J&K, Jahangir Iqbal Ganai, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Mandeep Bhandari, Secretary Law, Muhammad Ashraf Mir and other senior officers were also present.

In the meeting extensive discussion was held with regard to legalities concerning the Food and Drug Control Organization and for better monitoring of the systems being put in place, as well as for expanding the base of licensing and streamlining it further.

The Law Minister issued directions to the concerned to work out details with regard to possible amendments that could be made in the concerned Acts, so that same is placed in the State Legislature in its next session. Various concerned cases pending before different courts were also discussed in the meeting.  

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  • Minister visits GB Pant Hospital, inaugurates 30 bed-casualty ward; Orders to start mother care facilities

SRINAGAR: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings, Choudhary Lal Singh on Thursday said government wouldn’t compromise on discipline and sanitation in state-run hospitals. “I will not spare anyone who is involved in creating indiscipline in government hospitals,” Mr Singh told doctors and paramedics during an early morning visit at pediatric tertiary care facility - GB Pant Hospital here.

“How would a patient or an attendant know who is he getting treated with. There has to be name plates, proper dress code and proper sanitation in the hospitals,” he said. The minister inaugurated the 30-bed causality ward at the hospital and hoped that it would mitigate the sufferings of the patients coming to healthcare institute.  The minister said the quality healthcare would be the “topmost priority” for his department. “If people come to you, they need to be treated well. They should feel the difference,” he said.

Taking a tour of the hospital, the minister said GB Pant hospital has shown a “positive” change as far as the sanitation was concerned. However he directed hospital authorities to make hospital services and health care easily available for the patients. “Patients shouldn’t feel dejected after coming to this hospital. They should come happily and leave happily,” Mr Singh told the officials.

The Minister also directed Medical Superintended, GB Pant Hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan to make necessary arrangements for providing quality healthcare to patients coming to the hospital. “Make sure patients coming to this hospital gets quality healthcare," he told the officials. The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr MK Bhandari, Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr. Rafiq A. Pampori, Medical Superintendents of G B Pant Hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan,  senior pediatrician, Dr Kaiser Ahmad, among other officers and hospital staff.

Earlier the minister inaugurated 30-bed causality ward in the hospital. The minister expressed satisfaction that the renovated ward would benefit to strengthen the quality healthcare in the primary pediatric tertiary care hospital. During the visit, the Minister went around various wards and sections of the hospital including collection centre and newly launched hospital drug counter.

He also interacted with the patients and their attendants and enquired about the status of the healthcare facilities being provided to the new born babies and other children undergoing treatment. He asked the doctors on duty to ensure that best possible medical attention is provided to patients. He directed the authorities to make start mother care services functional and also ensure that the patients get every medicine at the hospital drug counter.

The Minister also asked the hospital management to help facilitate free medical care and tests for all such patients who are poor and not in a position to bear the expenses. Asking authorities to ensure further improvement by providing modern facilities in every health institution of the State, the minister said that that government was maintaining health as the top most priority sector and people should be befitted at the government run hospitals. “People have expectations with us and we should come up to their expectations,” he said.  He said that hospitals across the valley will focus on providing special windows to the elderly population, which will ease out their sufferings.

Mr Singh said government is putting all out efforts to further improvement system by providing infrastructure and human resource to rural and urban as well as the rural areas of the state. The minister lauded the role of consolidated and contractual staff for their services in the hospital. He directed the Medical Superintendent to conduct frequent rounds to check cleanliness in the wards and other sections of the hospital. He also warned the staff against unauthorized absence from duties.

Medical Superintendents of G B Pant Hospital, Dr Shafqat Khan said that the hospital has started drug counter where all medicines would be available for the patients at lesser prices. He said that on the directions of the Minister, the hospital authorities were also launching mother care services, where women would be treated for the deficiencies.


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REASI: District Red Cross Society, Reasi has finalized plan for improving fund raising in current financial year and develop critical emergency as well as disaster management infrastructure in the district for prompt response in case of natural calamities and road accidents. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Reasi  Sushma Chauhan in a meeting held here today.

The Society resolved to create greater awareness among masses especially students about Red Cross being a “Community Driven” initiative for humanitarian relief. The DRCS approved installation of five donation boxes at Katra, the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine  and 2 at Ransoo, the base camp of Shiv Khori Shrine as already agreed by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) and Shiv Khori Shrine Board for seeking donations from visiting pilgrims.

It was decided in the meeting that the Transport Department, Municipal Committees and Banks will raise funds for Red Cross through charging compulsory voluntary donations on driving licences, building permissions, renewal cases, lorry adda fees, bank passbooks etc. Besides, cash assistance and relief material will be made available at special cells in Katra, Pouni, Ransoo, Arnas, Mahore and Chassana for ensuring prompt relief and assistance in case of an emergency.

A dedicated Red Cross cell has also been established in the office of Deputy Commissioner Reasi. The DC impressed upon all the officers and prominent citizens to create a network of life members, honorary members and volunteers in various parts of the district for improving outreach of the humanitarian programme. It was decided that 12 important days will be observed by DRCS for which various district officers have been appointed as nodal officers.

Among others, ADDC Reasi, Mr Bhawani Singh Rukwal, ADC Reasi Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta, ACR Reasi, Mr Abdul Sattar, President Hotel Association Katra, Mr Wazir, President Indian Style Wrestling Association, Mr Shiv kumar Sharma,   members of  Civil Defence, Representative of SMVDSB, Representative of NGOs, all district officers and members of Red Cross fraternity attended the meeting.