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  • 'Govt making concerted efforts to upgrade health infra'

ANANTNAG: Minister for Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Rehman Veeri today laid the foundation stone of Sub District Hospital (SDH) Bijbehara to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 14.47 crore, which will be executed by J&K Police Housing Corporation. Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik, CMO Anantnag Dr FazilKochak, ACDAnantnag Nisar Ahmed Nisar, doctors, para-medical staff and locals were present on the occasion.

 

After the foundation laying ceremony, the Minister was briefed about various works to be carried out. It was informed that the proposed SDH building will have basement, ground and first floor. Further it was told that the basement of the building will be consist of general laboratory with blood storage unit along with waiting and toilet facility. It will also have X-Ray with ultra sound/ECG facility.

 

The Ground floor shall comprise of emergency, emergency ward, minor OT, MRD section, injection room, resuscitation room and OPD area comprising of 6 no's of OPDs besides, the first floor shall consist of operation theatre with six bed post-operative ward and three other wards for the patients. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the government is making concerted efforts to develop infrastructure in all vital sectors and special focus is being laid on the development of health sector in the state. "The efforts undertaken by the government to provide best medi-care services to the people have changed the past health scenario in the state and people have also acknowledged the improvement on ground", the Minister added.

 

Asking the executing agency to ensure quality while carrying out the construction works, the Minister stressed for completing the works in given time and asked the health department to monitor the works closely. Veeri said that the policy of the government is to provide the basic and quality health services to the people at grass root level so that they do not move to main hospitals for the treatment. With the completion of SDH Bijbehara, the people in general and those living in far flung areas need not to rush to main hospitals which are often overcrowded with patients, the Minister said adding that this fully fledged SDH will have all necessary facilities to cater the basic health needs of the people.

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SRINAGAR:  “Far too many antibiotics are needlessly prescribed in Kashmir valley,” said Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday in a communique. “Doctors write antibiotics to patients who do not need them,”  said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan. He said more than two thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for infections caused by viruses or conditions that are not linked to infection at all.

“You go to a doctor with runny nose, sorethroat, cough, ear or sinus discharge, you will walk away with a prescription  for antibiotics. These conditions are caused by viruses against which antibiotics have no effect,” said Dr Nisar. He said every time, you have fever,  you are given an antibiotic. Every fever is not because of infection and does not require an antibiotic.  He said antibiotics find their way in prescriptions for asthma and allergies, even though, they are not helped by taking these drugs.

 Dr Nisar said with no regulations, you can get antibiotics from chemist shops without a prescription adding that chemist shops give antibiotics for everything from malaise, fatigue, bodyache to headache.  He said unnecessary antibiotic use has led to the emergence of deadly bugs that are resistant to all antibiotics. Patients are dying as no antibiotic works. We are kind of back to the era of not having antibiotics.

“With no antibiotics, cancer chemotherapy, organ transplantation and even simple surgery will become impossible and we will be facing a future where cough or cut can kill once again,” cautioned Dr Nisar.  “Not only inappropriate use has helped microbes to evolve into resistant bugs, but patients are needlessly put at risk of serious side effects of antibiotics,” he added. “Misuse of antibiotics wipes out body’s good bacteria that is contributing to rise in chronic conditions like obesity, asthma and cancer,” he informed.

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JAMMU:  In a bid to provide better facilities to its members, Press Club of Jammu on Sunday introduced Health cum Fitness Club inside the premises equipped with latest gadgets and machinery. President Press Club of Jammu Ashwani Kumar inaugurated the Health Club at the Club Premises by cutting a ribbon. Management Committee members were also present on the occasion.

Speaking after inaugurating the facility, Ashwani Kumar said that it was one of the major demands of the members and finally, the management committee on Sunday inaugurated it. “It will be an asset for the Club members as it is equipped with latest technology and machinery while expert coaches and trainers will provide coaching to the entrants,” said Ashwani Kumar. The PCJ President added that in the coming days, more facilities will be introduced for the members as the management committee is committed for an overall development and welfare of the premises and members respectively.

Raman Manhas, In-charge (Trainer) Health and Fitness Club said that it is fitted with latest gadgets, which are rarest of its kind. He also added that timings for male and female members will be adjusted separately and nominal fee will be charged from the Club members. Soon a Spa facility will also be introduced, said Manhas. Former PCJ President Manu Srivatsa, Secretary General, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Executive Committee members Deepak Khajuria, Vishal Bharti, Dinesh Mahajan and Surjeet Singh and journalists were also present on the occasion. The journalist fraternity welcomed the initiative of the Press Club of Jammu asserting that it was need of the hour as in stressful life, fitness and health must be the priority for all.