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SRINAGAR: An ISM dispensary at village Hayan of Kangan area of Ganderbal district is facing shortage of doctors and medicines. Local residents said that the dispensary was established in village however lacking basic infrastructure, staff and medicines. They said that due to the shortage of the doctors, paramedic staff and medicines people of the area are badly suffering.

 

"Only one paramedical official is running the ISM center," they said. They said that they are forced to lift serious to Truma hospital Kangan for treatment which is almost 10 kilometers from village. "ISM dispensaries are the backbone of medical system and with the penetration of allopathic medicines. The government attention to ards the sector is diminishing ", they said.

 

The villagers said that they have approached concern authority number of times requesting them to arrange doctors for the center but till date no action has been taken. They appealed to concerned District administration Ganderbal and Governor to look into the matter. When contact Nodal Officer Mushtaq Ahmad said that the doctor who is posted at this particular ISM dispensary is now working in directorate as a computer operator due to the shortage of employees. 

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SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, Shri B V R Subrahmanyam Tuesday chaired the 1st meeting of the State Steering Committee for Measles-Rubella (MR) Campaign-2018. The Measles-Rubella Campaign-2018 will be launched in Jammu and Kashmir from 23rd of September to 20th October, 2018, during which about 37.7 Lakh children between the age group of 9 months and 15 years will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella vaccine.

 

The campaign aims to rapidly build up population immunity by reaching out to 100% target children with MR vaccine, knocking out the susceptible cohort and, thereby, reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with Measles and Rubella. All children from 9 months to less than 15 years will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella vaccine during the campaign, irrespective of their previous Measles/Rubella vaccination or Measles/Rubella disease status.

 

The target children will be vaccinated in schools, health facilities and other outreach sites.  Chief Secretary stressed on inter-sectoral coordination especially with the education and Social Welfare departments; sensitization of parents, teachers and community leaders and constitution of mobile/special teams for reaching children in far flung inaccessible and border areas. Measles & Rubella vaccination campaign was launched in February, 2017 in the country and is the largest ever Measles-Rubella campaign launched in the world. The Campaign has been already completed in 17 states/UTs and more than 10 crore children have been vaccinated so far.

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SRINAGAR: A delegation of Kashmir Journalists Association (KJA) led by Moazzam Mohammad called on the Secretary Information Sarmad Hafeez here today and sought redress of various issues faced by the journalists working in Kashmir.  Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar was also present.

 

The delegation informed the Secretary that journalists in Kashmir are working under tough conditions and the health insurance cover announced by the State Government recently for Accredited journalists be extended to all working journalists to mitigate the risks encountered by them. The delegation said the funds meant for the welfare of journalists should be spent on activities like organizing workshops for journalists.

 

The Association also appealed the Secretary that the journalism and mass communication pass outs should be given preference in making documentaries for government departments and all such works should be issued through the Directorate of Information and Public Relations. The Secretary gave a patient hearing to the Association and assured them that all of their genuine demands will be looked into and addressed at the earliest.