SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 29: Kashmir Private Diagnostic Centres Association (KPDCA) today felicitated some of the ‘flood heroes’ and ‘brave hearts’ who served during the worst floods that hit Kashmir valley during September 2014.
The awards were given away by Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI & Trainings, Ch Lal Singh here today.
The ceremony was organised to commemorate their outstanding rescue and relief work during the devastative 2014 September floods.
Late Shafaat Sidiqi, a photojournalist was also given award posthumously for his courageous coverage during floods. Sidiqi drowned while covering the floods. Sidiqi’s mother received the award.
In his address, Mr. Lal Singh asked the owners of diagnostic centres to ensure maintenance of quality in their work, in diagnosing the diseases of the patients.
“Your work is associated with someone’s life. Those people who come to you want your help and association,” he told the gathering. “Providing healthcare is your duty and getting better healthcare is the right of our people,” he added.
The Minister asked the owners of private diagnostic centres not to take patients for a ride.
“No nursing home should be allowed to go for any surgery if it doesn’t have its own blood bank,” he said. “Why should patients suffer in your places? Why shouldn’t you take part in building Jammu and Kashmir as a model state in healthcare?” he appealed.
He said people should work tirelessly and their efforts would be acknowledged in the times to come. “Those who will be caught violating any rules and regulations, the government won’t spare them,” he said.
The Minister asked the officers to maintain discipline and punctuality in the offices. He directed them to maintain office record in a systematic manner and improve work culture in their respective departments. He asked the concerned authorities to ensure timely completion of development works adding that Government has resolved to create dependable health infrastructure for the people across the State.