Azad inaugurates SSH, launches RBSK, Project Swasthya Slate, 102-J&K Referral Service

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AZAD- DR FAROOQ-3 A JAMMU – Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today inaugurated 220 bedded Super Speciality Hospital besides launching Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), Project Swasthya Slate and 102-J&K Referral Service under National Rural Health Mission at Jammu.
Jammu and Kashmir has been honoured with the credit of becoming the first state in the country to get the Project Swasthya Slate launched to cover most difficult parts of the state.
Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani, Minister for Culture, Raman Bhalla, MPs, Ch. Lal Singh and Madan Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Planning & Finance, Manohar Lal, MLAs, MLCs, Commissioner/Secretary Health & Medical Education, Gazzafar Hussain, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Anuradha Gupta, Embassy NIPI.
Congratulating the people for getting this special healthcare institution , the Union Health Minister was optimistic about the successful functioning of this prestigious centre which will surely play a key role to perk up the medicare facilities in the state  . He said that  the focus is being laid on extending  optimum relief to the people within the state thus saving them from waiting for months in other states for special healthcare services.AZAD- DR FAROOQ-3
Spelling out achievements of the center and state governments, Azad said that “We have not only given new dimensions to health sector but all the development fields have witnessed a discernible change during the past 4 to 5 years”. “I had to work out several new schemes besides bringing in certain changes in existing rules for further streamlining of health sector in the country which has yielded incredible outcomes”, he added. Besides, it has also been ensured that these programmes reach the targeted segment.
Azad informed that one more medical college has also been sanctioned for Rajouri thus raising the total number of newly sanctioned MCs to 5. He said that now the government has given nod to establishment of 75 Cancer Institutions in the country as compared to only 1 such center in the last 65 years.
The Union Health Minister also counted the achievements registered in the state adding that the funding under NRHM in J&K has been doubled besides schemes like JSSK, JSY have greatly helped in improving institutional deliveries thus reducing maternal and infant mortality rate. Besides, 1100 ASHAs have been recruited and VHSNCs established apart from funding Rogi Kalyan samities under National Health Mission. Likewise, 350 health institutions have been taken up for construction and two maternity hospitals are being constructed.
Referring to shortage of medical faculty in the state, Azad asked the state government to enhance the retirement age of doctors so that the health sector des not suffer for want of adequate staff . Regarding 102 referral service, he also asked the state Minister to bring the remaining sanctioned 200 ambulances at the earliest.
The Union Minister said that the UPA government in its both tenures has extended massive financial and moral support to all the states irrespective of any political, social or religious considerations. He said that tremendous increase in number of people availing benefits of government programmes under different schemes of the government candidly reflects their faith and trust in government’s services.
He also emphasized the need of an attitudinal change in the political leadership so that the people could get optimum benefit of govt schemes.
Dr. Abdullah while speaking on the occasion extended gratitude to the Center for giving special consideration to development of J&K in view of its tough terrain and hoped that it will continue in future also. He also appreciated Azad for transforming the healthcare profile of the state. He said that no doubt the state has recorded tremendous progress but there is still a huge space to march further towards growth and development.
Dr. Abdullah appealed the medical fraternity, staff and nurses to optimally utilize the latest facilities like Swasthya Slates to provide better services to the ailing. He asked them to work with allegiance to meet the responsibilities of their gracious profession. He said that doctors of J&K possesses high caliber and are no less than anyone in the field.
Terming nursing as fundamental to healthcare, Farooq stressed upon the need of opening more private or governmental nursing training colleges to meet the shortage of this vital force in  health sector. “I must say that without proper nursing healthcare is incomplete”, he added.
He said that health and education are prime sectors which should be taken care of in all respects for progress and prosperity in real sense.
Later, Azad and other dignitaries distributed Swasthya slates among ASHAs and ANMs and flagged off mobile health teams under RBSK.
Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, lauded Azad and the UPA government for providing liberal funding to the state for improving the health sector in the state and highlighted the achievements of the center and state governments.
The MPs demanded deployment of adequate staff in the SSH so that the people will get complete healthcare services in the hospital.