JAMMU: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Mr. Sham Lal Sharma has called for attitudinal change in the mind set of people to protect the rights of women folk in the society so that they can contribute in the socio-economic development of the country without any fear.
Expressing concern upon increase in crime against the women, the Minister said that harsh laws are not the solution of such problems but “we have to deal with this sensitive issue by creating social awareness in the minds of people elaborating the significance of the women in our male dominated society, he added.
Speaking at a function as a chief guest organized by Director Health Services Jammu in collaboration with Sub District Hospital Akhnoor & Chowki Chaura, here today Mr. Sham said that government has made every effort to strengthen health services in rural and far-flung areas during the five and half years.
He said that government is committed to provide all basic amenities to the people for which various developmental projects are being implemented. He said that equitable development of all the regions with special attention to the rural areas has been accorded high priority.
Maintaining that ASHA’s are playing vital role in further improving healthcare services, the Minister said that these ground level functionaries have played greater role in containing the mother/infant mortality rate. Mr. Sham stressed for implementation of NRHM to develop targeted areas in such a way that it would provide better health care services in the rural areas, besides creating necessary infrastructure at the grass roots level as per the guidelines.
The Minister said that the Ayurvedic system of medicines is gaining global popularity for its non toxicity and meticulously oriented results. ‘ Maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir State has huge potential for herbal cultivation owing to its diverse climatic conditions, the said that efforts will be made to encourage more and more people especially youth to take up this type of cultivation.
Mr. Sham said that the decreasing sex ratio in the country is alarming and added that menace of female foeticide if not checked will have a devastating impact on the sex ratio. He hoped that the dignitaries present spread the message of curbing the female foeticide thus help promoting balanced sex ratio.
Among others, Dr. Ajay Gupta, STO Jammu, Dr. Arvind Raina, A. D. Schemes Jammu, Dr. Pritam Katoch, AD Heb, Health Education, Dr. Ravinder Khajuria, CMO Jammu, Dr. Arun Sharma, State Programme Managar NRHM, Dr. P. S. Salthia, District Coordinator NRHM, Dr. R. Manhas, BMO Pallan Walla, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, BMO Akhnoor, Dr. Ashok Kumar, BMO Chowki Choura, Farooq Kesar, SDPO Akhnoor, All ASHA’s of Akhnoor and Chowki Chora block, supporting staff of health and NRHM were also present on the occasion.