Lal Singh tour Budgam; assess healthcare scenario


BUDGAM, OCTOBER, 01: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings, Ch Lal Singh today said that government endeavors to revamp the health sector across Jammu and Kashmir.

Lal Singh reiterated that the health sector was governments’ highest priority and people will witness major changes in this sector soon. Singh said the delivery system across the State will be upgraded in terms of manpower and equipment.

“Health sector in Jammu and Kashmir was affected the most in recent floods and we are working towards a complete revamp of State’s health sector,” Singh told people, while touring Budgam district to review the health scenario in the area. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Asiea Naqash and Minister for Agriculture and MLA Chrar-e-Sharief, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura.

“Developing State’s health sector is my dream and it isn’t possible without the support of people.” Singh said at Sub District Hospital (SDH) Chrar-e-Sharief.


“There are many things in the health sector that need to be upgraded and revamped. We are on it,” he said.

The Ministers took a firsthand feedback on the progress achieved on various ongoing developmental projects in the area in health sector.

The Ministers visited SDH Chadoora, SDH Chrare-e-Sharief, DH Budgam and other health institutions.

The Ministers held an interactive session with the people and gave patient hearing to their grievances. Lal Singh directed the officials to maintain sanitation, proper records and also ensure hassle free healthcare to the people of the area.

“I am not someone who can compromise on sanitation and discipline,” Singh told doctors during the inspection of the hospitals.

Lal Singh said that an effective monitoring mechanism has been put in place to enforce accountability and transparency in implementation of health schemes and delivery of services.

“Why should doctor and local pharmacist have nexus? Why do some doctors play with the live of patients’ by prescribing them unnecessary medicines?” he asked the doctors.

The Minister exhorted upon the officers to ensure better Medicare to the people across the state with special focus on rural and far off areas. The Minister asked the officers to chalk out strategies to improve health scenario in the state adding that the government is paying extra focus on this priority sector.

He 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.

Earlier Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura presented some of the demands pertaining to the health sector in Chrar before the Minister to which Singh assured every possible help to develop the health sector in the area.

Asiea Naqash asked the heads and hospital administration to chalk out effective strategies to provide enhanced and timely services to the people.

While talking a review of the hospitals in the area, Naqash said that there were many things to be done to improve healthcare scenario.

“We have planned many things to improve the overall healthcare across the state,” she said. She also impressed upon the officers to put in their best effort for the improvement of medical facilities in the hospitals.

The Ministers also conducted on-spot inspection of drug stores of the hospitals and took stock of medicines, bedding and other facilities being provided to the patients by the hospital administration.

Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Sumeer Mattoo, Mission Director NHM, Dr Mohan Singh, Drug Controller, Nazir Ahmad, Mission Director Family Welfare, Dr Baldev, Project Director of State AIDS Control Society, Dr Saleem Ur Reman, Medical Superintendents and senior officers of the health department were also present.