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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday held a condolence meeting at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar to mourn the sad demise of Dr Girija Dhar former Principal GMC who breathed her last today at her Boulevard residence after a prolonged illness. Paying rich tributes to the deceased, DAK members prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and expressed heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.

 

Saddened over the death, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said it is a great loss to the medical fraternity and her death has resulted in a great void in the field of medicine. “A medical luminary, Dr Girija Dhar graduated from King George Medical College, Lucknow and after completing her DRCOG and FRCS from United Kingdom joined GMC and became head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology. She established Lal Ded hospital in Srinagar and was instrumental in shaping the maternity services in Kashmir valley,” he said.

 

 Dr Nisar said she became Principal GMC at a very difficult time, but despite all odds she promoted teaching and raised the level of medical education to the highest standards. It was because of her that medical services became more specialized and differentiated. She used her personal influence to get postgraduation in many specialties recognized by MCI. “Dr Girija was a compassionate and empathetic doctor and had attained great respect from her patients,” he said. “More than a doctor and teacher, she was a guide and motherly figure because of which she was very popular among her employees,” Dr Nisar added. “She will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives she touched,” he said. “Nation has lost an asset, but I have lost a mentor,” said Dr Nisar.

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  • 613648 families comprising 36 lakh souls to be covered in JK; State Health Agency constituted for implementation

SRINAGAR: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of the Governor, Shri N N Vohraapproved roll-out of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission (PMRSSM) in the State. The flagship scheme is aimed at providing assured health coverage of up to Rs 5.0 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization for 1350 identified diseases through a cashless procedure with the help of a smart health card with unique ID, which would be issued to the beneficiaries.

The healthcare services will be delivered through a network public and private healthcare providers. In the State of J&K 6,13,648 families comprising 36 lakh beneficiaries, which is about 29% population of the total population, would be covered under the Scheme.

In order to implement the Scheme effectively, a State Health Agency has been constituted with a Governing Council under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary. Similarly, an Executive Committee has been constituted for proper implementation of the Mission under the chairmanship of a Chief Executive Officer, who would be assisted by various health experts from the field of health insurance.  All Government Hospitals would be automatically empanelled and private hospitals would have to get empanelled to act as healthcare providers. Every Private and Public Hospital will have “Ayushman Mitra” who will act as a facilitator for admission and processing the claims of beneficiaries of the Mission.

The salient features of PMRSSM include, cashless and paperless scheme which provides access to services in any public and private empanelled hospitals across India; there will be no cap on Family Size so as to ensure all members of designated families, specifically girl child and senior citizens, get coverage; the main feature of the scheme is its portability which means beneficiary can avail treatment in any empanelled chain of hospitals, both public and private, in the country; for all beneficiaries, a health card with a unique ID will be provided.

The main aim of the Mission is to cut down out of pocket expenditure of the population in SECC categories, which eventually will raise the Standard of Living of their families by way of savings on medical expenditure and leaving it for expenditure on health, nutrition and education.

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SRINAGAR: The acute shortage of medicines in Government Hospitals has been forcing different hospitals to purchase the same on exorbitant rates from private distributors. Sources said that Directorate of Health Services has miserably failed to supply the medicines to hospitals and as per officials no efforts are being done to supply drugs to the hospitals. Administrators from different hospitals alleged that Directorate of Health Services Kashmir is not interested in purchasing medicines from J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL). They said that the acute shortage of emergency medicines has made almost all the hospitals ill-equipped to save patients’ lives.

Hundreds of patients, including those from the under privileged section, are forced to purchase drugs from the market, while the hospitals continue to engage with the Corporation in a bitter blame game. “There is shortage of Tetanus, anesthesia drugs, antibiotic medicines, dressing material like cotton and adhesive plaster and even basic laboratory items like glassware and chemicals and other emergency drugs in the hospitals. A couple of days back, the administrators at District Hospital Baramulla, Anantnag and Budgam were forced to purchase emergency drugs from private distributors,” said a medico posted at a district hospital to CNS.

He said hospitals are spending from their own budget and extract the money from patients by selling medicine to them at exorbitant rates. Same is the case with Srinagar hospitals. Reports said that patients and their attendants are being asked to purchase drugs from the market. Earlier, the directions were passed and hospital administrators were asked to purchase drugs from Jammu Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL), however, they refused to do so as majority of the supply was on the verge of expiry. Despite repeated attempts, Principal GMC an Director Health Services didn’t pick up the phone while Managing Director, JKMSCL, Dr Inderjeet Baghat refused to comment on the issue.