Minister for Health and Medical Education, Choudhary Lal Singh while replying to a question by Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat in the Legislative Council said the department appoints MBBS doctors on recommendations of J&K Public Service Commission. He said MBBS doctors are also engaged by the State Health Society under National Health Mission (NHM) for CHCs and PHCs of Jammu division on regular basis to meet the shortage.
The Minister further informed the House that at present there is no proposal for opening evening clinics at the Government Hospitals of the State.
With regard to status of ambulances in district Poonch, the Minister said 48 ambulances presently available in health institutions in the district are road worthy and functional. He added that PHCs at Harni, Chatryal and Dhargloon and NTPHCs at Sarthra, Pleara, Dubaraj, Serikhawaja, Lathong, Haribudha, Marha and Sangla are without ambulances. He said as per norms, ambulances are not provided to Sub-Centers.
Yashir Reshi and Saif-ud-Din Bhat raised supplementaries to the main question.