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SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo today chaired the fourth Board of Directors meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) here. JKMSCL is a fully owned company of Government of J&K, established for procurement of drugs, medicines and medical equipment, etc in the State of Jammu and Kashmir for the Department of Health and Medical Education and other Health institutions.

During the meeting, Managing Director (MD), JKMSCL J&K gave the detailed presentation about the functioning of the Corporation. During the meeting, the MD also provided the status report of the corporation upto September 2018 with regards to its achievements. He also informed the meeting about various financial implications and issues faced by the corporation with regards to the infrastructure and human resource.

The chairman JKMSCL Atal Dulloo was informed about the various decisions taken during the third Board of Directors meeting and their implementations. The Chairman gave on spot directions for certain decisions which are yet to be implemented. Asking the Finance Department to bring a better change in fund flow to the corporation, Atal Dulloo said that the Corporation holds the greater significance in the Health sector in the state.

He impressed on the concerned officials to ensure availability of adequate quantity of medicine in the hospitals so that the patients do not have to run from pillar to post to get the same. He directed for maintaining the quality and standards of medicine provided to patients, adding the supplies should be tested before getting used by patients. The Chairman JKMSCL also reviewed the ware housing and storage capacity of the Corporation in the State.

The meeting was attended by Director, Health Services Kashmir; Director, Health Services Jammu; Managing Director, JKMSCL, J&K; Principal, GMC, Srinagar; Principal, GDC, Srinagar; Principal, GDC, Jammu; Director Indian System of Medicines, J&K; Director, Family Welfare, MCH Immunization, J&K; Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K; Controller, Drug and Food Control Organization, J&K; General Manager, JKMSCL, Kashmir; General Manager, JKMSCL, Jammu; Financial Advisor, JKMSCL; the representatives of Finance Department, Planning and Development Department and GMC Jammu.

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  • Additional block of Bone & Joint Hospital to come up at cost of Rs 89 crore

SRINAGAR: Commissioner Secretary Public Works Department, Khursheed Ahmad Shah and Chief Executive Officer J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency, Dr Raghav Langer, today reviewed the progress of Rs 1500-crore World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery (JTFR) Project. During the meeting, it was informed that under the health sub-component Rs 89 crore has been earmarked for the construction of the state-of-art 120-bedded additional block at Bones & Joints Hospital Barzulla in Srinagar, adding that the block will be equipped with latest medical equipments, operation theatres, HVAC system, fire and maintenance among other facilities.

Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir, Sami Arif, while giving details of the project in Kashmir, informed that under the higher education sub-component Rs 34 crore has been allocated for the construction of additional blocks at Government Degree Colleges Bemina, Anantnag and Bijbehara and Amar Singh College Srinagar, adding that works worth Rs 23 crore have already been tendered.

It was also informed that under higher education, 53 schools are proposed to be constructed across the Kashmir valley, for which an allocation of Rs 35 crore has been kept. Tenders for construction of 7 schools have already been issued and tendering for the remaining schools will be issued by the end of November this year.

It was given out that 8 bridges are to be constructed in Kashmir for which an allocation of Rs 70 crore has been kept, adding that tenders for two bridges have already been floated. Similarly, 12 road projects having an approximate aggregate length of 117 km are proposed to be constructed in the Kashmir division.

Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, Sudhir Shah, while giving out details about the project in Jammu division, said that 24 school buildings are proposed to be constructed in the division for which an allocation of Rs 15 crore has been kept and that the tendering process for these will be completed by mid-November this year. He also informed that 17 road projects having a cumulative length of 176 km are also proposed to be taken up.

The CEO directed for expediting the process of documentation in order that works are tendered out and executed on ground at the earliest. He also directed for earliest preparation and issuance of the Expression of Interest for assessment of structural stability and detailed design for retrofitting of fire stations in Kashmir. Visiting team of the World Bank was also present in the meeting.

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SRINAGAR: Urging people to get vaccinated against flu, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday said flu vaccine significantly reduces risk of dying from influenza. “Vaccination prevents flu-associated deaths,” said DAK president and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.

Quoting a 2017 study published in Journal Pediatrics, Dr Nisar said flu vaccine was found to reduce the risk of flu-related deaths by nearly two-thirds (65%) among healthy children and by 51% among children with high risk medical conditions like asthma, blood disorders or heart conditions. “Surveillance for laboratory confirmed influenza-associated pediatric deaths since 2004 has shown that most deaths occur in unvaccinated children,” he said.

The benefits of flu vaccine are impressive in adults too.  “Vaccinated adults were 52-79% less likely to die than unvaccinated flu-hospitalized patients,” Dr Nisar quoted another study. “Studies have shown people who receive flu shots are 55% less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke that are the leading causes of death both for men and women,” he said. Dr Nisar said vaccine protects pregnant women from dying.  Women are about six times more likely to die if they get the flu while pregnant.

“Flu jabs during pregnancy guard against still-births (when a baby dies in the womb),” he said. “In Kashmir, 1052 stillbirths were recorded in three years (2013 to 2016) at Lal Ded hospital alone. Most of these expectant mothers were unvaccinated,” he informed. With early surge in cases and deaths due to swine flu across the country, Dr Nisar said vaccine is the single best tool to protect you and people around you from getting flu.

“Ideally, people should get vaccine by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season even into January or later,” he said.  He added while vaccine is recommended for all, it is especially needed in too young, old, pregnant and people with medical conditions.  He further said healthcare workers should be compulsorily vaccinated to ensure safety of patients.

“The symptoms of flu include high fever, sorethroat, cough, runny nose and bodyache. Flu is spread by coughing and sneezing and people should cover their cough or sneeze and wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of flu. If you develop flu stay away from work or school for as long as you have symptoms,” said Dr Nisar.