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  • Asks experts to come up with recommendations to check violence in hospitals

JAMMU: Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department J&K, Dr. Pawan Kotwal today said that government will take initiatives to ensure the security of doctors while delivering their professional duties. Kotwal said this while inaugurating a Panel discussion on ‘Violence against healthcare professionals in J&K’ which was jointly organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Academy of Hospital Administration (AHA) regional chapter Jammu.


Labour Commissioner and Secretary to Government, Information Department, Dr. Abdul Rashid, Secretary IIPA Jammu, Er. JBS Johar, Former Health Secretary and Patron AHA Jammu, Dr. VP Gupta, Registrar Academics GMC Jammu/Executive Director, AHA Jammu, Dr. Yashpal Sharma shared the podium. Besides, members from Directorate of Health services GMC, Jammu ASCOMS, Medical Professionals, Judiciary, Police, Media, and Bureaucracy were present on the occasion.

In his address, Kotwal said that generally, violence against health professionals and health property happens when a person is emotionally high particularly in out-patient departments where patient flow is high and doctors are highly overburdened. “There is a huge disparity between what is required and what is available which leads to unfortunate incidents of conflicts between medical professionals and people,” he said.


Pertinently, Kotwal said that government is working tirelessly to streamline the apparatus of Medicare facility at all levels in the state and to mitigate the patient flow, besides he stressed for strengthening the peripheries health system and paramedical staff to avoid frequent referrals. So far the security of doctors is concerned; he said, there should be a specific law to secure the doctors and hospital property and specific act is needed to fill the security lapse, besides there should be a legal deterrence which can stop people from committing such acts.


“Such acts are ultimately hampering the treatment of a patient, and they may get adversely affected,” he said. Besides, he asked the panelists’ present on the occasion to submit recommendations to the government to help in reduction of violence against the medical professionals in the state. He further called for an intensive input training for Senior Residents (SRs) and Junior Residents (JRs) to develop receptive and calm approach among them while performing their duties. He added that there is a need to revamp the syllabus to train these SRs and JRs to deal positively in adverse circumstances. Moreover, he reiterated that government is committed to ensure the safe and hassle-free environment for both medical professionals and medical treatment for patients.

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SRINAGAR: Anti Drug Alliance Srinagar an initiative of three youngsters  Abrar Ahmad Malik aged 21 , Sakib Mehraj Bhat aged 20 and Zaid Kathwari aged 20 is making a very positive difference against the drug menace in Kashmir . All these hail from Downtown area of Srinagar. Based in Srinagar and running since 8 months, with already 45 members in its fold the organization is determined to root out the drug abuse from Kashmir.

Talking to The Kashmir News Bureau, these three youngsters stated – “We have been in field since 8 months as we  in downtown are witness to disasters the menace of drug addiction inflicts on humans especially youth . We work in collaboration with Help foundation and counsel the drug addicts to bring them back to normal life and also get assistance of Jammu and Kashmir Police to rehabilitate those entangled in drug abuse. Our thrust remains on awareness.”

 These youngsters state that via their work on ground zero they have come to know about worrying facts about growing drug menace in Kashmir. “A large number of girls are involved in Drug addiction and we are focusing on that aspect too so as to root out this negative thing and in addition it is not the case that Drug abuse is just the rich man’s hobby but for mere Rs 5 or Rs 10 a poor man can buy any medicine and become drug addict.”

 Pertinently, anti Drug Alliance has held many protests to bring to light the burning issue of drug abuse and in April-May hope to conduct an event where they aware masses about menace of drug addiction through medium of entertainment. They are also planning more protests, marathons in their fight against drug menace. “Tougher laws and going after the roots of drug addiction and exemplary punishment to drug peddlers is the way ahead to end this evil from our society,” state these youngsters of Anti Drug Alliance. 

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  • Over 1400 persons attended the camp

SRINAGAR: J&K Armed Police in collaboration with Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir today organized Mega Health Camp at 20th Battalion Parihaspora, Pattan. The camp was organized to provide basic as well as specialist health care services along with laboratory investigation & free drugs to the general public of area. The services included General Medicine, Cardiology, Gynecology, ENT, Psychiatry, Oral and Paediatric healthcare services. More than 1400 patients availed these services. Around 390 persons were screened for Diabetes and Hypertension, out of which 27 were found suspected for Diabetes and 57 for Hypertension. 

The camp was jointly inaugurated by Dr. Saleem ur Rehman, Director Health Services, Kashmir and Mr. S. A. Watali, Inspector General, J&K Armed Police. Dr. Saleem ur Rehman, DHSK in his inaugural speech stressed the need of organizing such camps regularly under preventive measures. Mr. S. A. Watali, IG JK Armed Police laid stress on making healthcare services accessible to general public at their doorsteps and appreciated the organizers including Mr. B. A. Samoon, Commandant, 20th IRP Battalion, Dr. Bashir Chalkoo, Chief Medical Officer, Baramulla and Dr. Manzoor, Block Medical Officer, Pattan along with other staff for making the camp a great. 

Dr. Bashir Chalkoo, CMO Baramulla in his concluding speech apprised the public about the services being provided by the health department under various schemes/programmes which a common man can avail. He also apprised about the achievements of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir.