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  • Asks patients to avail Govt healthcare facilities instead of hankering after private hospitals


JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings Ch Lal Singh today inaugurated Eye Operation Theatre with 10-bedded Ophthalmic Hospital in the premises of District Hospital (DH) Samba. The facilities have been constructed by Public Works Department at an estimated cost of Rs 75 lakh under NRHM funding. MLA Samba Devinder Kumar Manyal, MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Raj, Director General ISM Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, Director Health Services Jammu Dr Baljeet Singh Pathania, Medical Superintendant of Samba Hospital Dr Rajinder Samyal besides other senior officers of Health and PWD were present on the occasion.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said with the commissioning of new ophthalmic facility, the patients suffering with eye ailments will be treated at the doorstep with latest techniques. He appealed the people to avoid going to private hospitals, adding that Government has equipped all the Government hospitals with latest facilities to deliver best possible medicare. Ch Lal Singh said the Government is making concerted efforts to increase manpower and machinery in Government hospitals. He asked the medical and paramedical staff to ensure best possible treatment.


The Minister said instructions have been issued for the review of the progress of every doctor/paramedical staff and submit the report on monthly basis. He said good performers will be awarded and lax staff should be ready to face action. He said no officer/official will be spared if he/she is not performing duty as per the expectations of the general masses. Earlier, Ch Lal Singh also paid surprise visit to Government Rajiv Gandhi hospital at Gangyal and took stock of its functioning.

Ch Lal Singh went round each section of the hospital, enquired about the available facilities and interacted with the patients to get first hand information about the availability of drugs and other medical facilities being provided to the patients in the hospital. The Minister instructed the Medical Superintendent of the hospital to ensure all possible healthcare facilities to the patients with special focus on maintaining hygienic condition in and around the hospital. Ch Lal Singh also inspected the functioning of laboratory, X-ray, Ultrasound, gynaecological Ward and Blood Unit at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital. He was informed that over 100 outdoor patients are being provided medicare facilities on daily basis at the hospital.

Ch Lal Singh said health care of the people is the top most priority of the Government and any negligence in this regard from the concerned functionaries would be viewed seriously. He called upon the medicos and paramedics to remain punctual in their duties for convenience of the patients. The Minister cautioned that any complaint received from the people about the non-punctuality of the hospital staff would be viewed seriously. He said it should be ensured that patients not wait in long queues for hours together of doctors or other staff at the hospitals. Ch Lal Singh asked the concerned authorities for bring in more reforms in the health department to infuse efficiency, transparency and above all a qualitative change in the patientcare. He said improvement of services in terms of patient care, medication and other facilities at hospitals is as important as strengthening basic infrastructure at these health institutions.

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  • 140 children provided consultation, treatment


SRINAGAR: To brush up proficiency and skills of doctors and rehabilitation professionals, Composite Regional Centre (CRC) Bemina in collaboration with Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI, organised two days short term refresher training in the field of disability of children having cerebral palsy neurological deficits. Speaking on the occasion, Director CRC, Mr. Gazanfar Ali said that CRC organises such consultation camps every year to provide free consultations and treatment to the children having neurological problems. He said as many as 140 children suffering from neurological disease were provided free consultation and treatment in the camp.


Mr. Gazanfar Ali said that CRC invites globally accredited professionals for treatment of such children to provide relief to the patients as well as do their parents. During the program, globally accredited paediatric neurologist, Dr. Anita Udwadia Hedge, Dr. Asha M. Chitnes (NDT) and team of doctors from Mumbai participated in the program.

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  • Asks for taking time bound steps to establish a Nursing College  


KATRA: Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, visited Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Institute of Medical Excellence (SMVDIME) at Kakryal and undertook a detailed review of the to-date status of various infrastructure facilities and other components of this upcoming Multi-Speciality Hospital. Accompanied by Dr. S. S. Bloeria and Mr. H. L. Maini, Members of the Shrine Board; Mr. P.K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Dr. M. K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB; Dr. M. K. Kumar and Mr. B. Mohandaas, Additional CEOs; Mr. Neeraj Gupta, Chief Accounts Officer; SMVDSB; Dr. Raghuvanshi, Vice Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd.; Bangalore, Brig. (Retd) Man Mohan Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer, SMVDIME; Dr. Vinod Gupta, Director Medical Services, SMVDSB; Dr. S. P Singh; Mr. Subhash Gupta, Superintending Engineer; and officers and engineers of the Shrine Board, the Governor inspected the main Hospital building, the under-construction residential complex adjacent to it and the other components of this flagship project of the Shrine Board.


The nine residential accommodation buildings, which are under construction in the area adjoining the Hospital complex, shall provide hostel and residential accommodation for doctors, para-medical staff, nurses, an inn for attendants of patients and a guest house for visiting doctors. During the inspection of some of the under-construction accommodation buildings, the Governor asked the CEO to ensure speedy completion of all the upcoming buildings so that the entire infrastructure and other requisite facilities are fully ready well before the planned date of the commissioning of the Hospital this year. The CEO informed the Governor that all these buildings are in an advanced stage and would be fully completed by end June 2015.     


The Governor while taking a round of the entire premises, asked Mr. B. Mohandaas, Additional CEO, and the accompanying engineers to immediately undertake estate development of the campus by taking up landscaping and greening of the entire area by planting flowering bushes and other ornamental plants, construction of internal roads and other required facilities as per a well prepared plan.


Later, in a meeting held in the main Hospital building, the Governor took a detailed review of the to-date status of the various components of the Hospital and the allied facilities, in a presentation made by Dr. Bhandari, CEO of the Shrine Board. He also took stock of the action taken on setting up an Oxygen Generation Plant, Incinerator, Shredding Machine, Laundry Plant, Sewage Treatment Plants, Effluent Treatment Plant, Autoclave, installation of elevators, fire fighting arrangements, interior and allied works and other critical components being put in place as part of the Hospital Project.


The Governor also reviewed the latest position in regard to the purchase of medical equipment and medical furniture and asked the CEO to ensure arrangements for the effective maintenance of the state-of-the-art computerised diagnostic and treatment equipments, with a view to developing this Hospital into an institution of excellence and for providing the best possible patient care from the very beginning.


Dr. Bhandari informed the Governor about the floor-wise status of various diagnostic and treatment facilities being set up in this 230 bedded hospital which shall have more than 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neuro-surgery, nephrology, urology, oncology, pulmonology, bone-marrow transplant, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, trauma-medicine, paediatrics and neonatology, obstetrics and gynaecology. He stated that the required headway is being made on all the components to ensure that all the specialities are operationalised simultaneously.    


Emphasising the need for undertaking a critical review of the long-term requirements of this Hospital, the Governor asked the CEO to take time bound action for construction of additional residential accommodation, hostels and other buildings, on the basis of critical assessments.         


Taking a review of the progress made towards the early establishment of a Nursing College and a Medical College in the vicinity of the Hospital Campus, the Governor issued instructions for finalising blue prints of both these institutions and preparing a comprehensive Master Plan for construction of building complexes, hostels, residential accommodation etc for these colleges, taking into consideration the designs and capacities of both. He stressed that immediate forward action is also required to be taken for the affiliation and other legal aspects prior to the establishment of a Nursing College and Medical College and ensuring that both these institutions start functioning as per the envisaged timelines. 


Dr. Bhandari informed the Governor about the micro level planning in place for undertaking fire safety measures, hospital waste management disposal, water and power supply, installation of CCTV Cameras, provision of STP, etc.  It is pertinent to mention that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has executed an Agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, for the operation of this Multi-Speciality Hospital, which is planned to be commissioned later this year. Among those who were also present on the occasion included Mr. Rajinder Singh, Officer on Special Duty, (Revenue) and Mr. Rajan Gupta, Executive Engineer of the Shrine Board.