BARAMULLA (SOPORE), Nov 18: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Choudhary Lal Singh today paid surprise visit to Mother and Childcare Hospital (MCH) Sopore where he took a comprehensive review of the functioning of different sections of the hospital. He said the State Government plans to set up a nursing college in Sopore to train human resource for delivering best-possible healthcare services to the people.
The Minister directed the concerned to shift the Mother and Child Care Hospital Sopore to the new hospital building and convert the old building as a nursing college. He stressed that nursing college will provide better avenues to the students in the area and help add on to the trained human resource bank in the health sector.
Ch Lal Singh directed the concerned to take immediate steps for developing necessary infrastructure for the Nursing College and in this regards directed the District Development Commissioner to formulate an action plan, so that work is carried on fast track basis. He assured that the repair of hospital building will be carried out immediately.
The Minister said that Sub-District Hospital Sopore is playing in important role in providing health care facilities to the people and assured that adequate steps will be taken to improve infrastructural and allied modern facilities in the institution.
Lal Singh also interacted with the staff of the Hospital during the visit and directed the medical and paramedical staff to work with dedication to serve the public efficiently.
The Minister was accompanied by Secretary Health and Medical education, Dr. M.K. Bhandari, District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Yasha Mudgal, Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo, SDM Sopore and other officials of health Department.
Meanwhile, Lal Singh today conducted surprise nocturnal check of sub-district hospital, Dooru in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district here and took stock of the infrastructure and other facilities.
The Minister, during the surprise inspection, interacted with the locals and urged them to report their grievances about health sector. Singh said that people need to be educated about their rights first, who he said could afterwards bring positive change on the ground viz-a-viz healthcare across the State.
The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education, Dr MK Bhadari, DG ISM, Dr Kabir Dar, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Sameer Mattoo, Project Director State AIDS Control Society, Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, Mission Director, Family Welfare, Dr Baldev Sharma, among senior health officials.
The Minister took round of the different wards and asked officials to show further improvement in the overall healthcare delivery in the Hospital. The Minister also issued specific directions to the CMO and his team to chalk out an effective mechanism to streamline the healthcare sytem.
Meanwhile, the Ch Lal Singh also interacted with the common citizens at the hospital who shared their views and inputs for the betterment of the healthcare delivery in the Hospital.
The Health Minister during his tour also visited the newly constructed 100-beded hospital at Dooru. He stressed upon the constructing agency to gear up their men and machinery to ensure timely completion of these project and to handover the hospital at the earliest.