J-K to spend Rs 315 crore on upgrading rural health facilities

Jammu and Kashmir Government will be spending Rs 315 crore this financial year on upgrading health care facilities including setting up of 11 mobile medical units in accident prone zones and GPS-guided ambulance service. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 263.32 crore plan under under National Rural Health Mission for year 2011-12 for Jammu and Kashmir while the state government will contribute its share of Rs 30.98 crores, officials said here today. The state also has Rs 51.65 crore available under the centrally-sponsored scheme from last year’s unspent funds, the officials said. They said Rs 5.02 crore will be spent on procurement of mobile medical Units for 11 districts of the state namely Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Leh, Kargil, Kupwara and Bandipora. A large number of road accidents take place in some areas of these districts due to hilly terrain. Many deaths occur due to non-availability of timely medical care to the injured. “Rs 1.18 crore have been sanctioned for establishing two Control Rooms at Jammu and Srinagar, the twin capitals of the state for regulating ambulance services (Dial 108) through Global Positional System (GPS),” the officials said. Among other plans under the NRHM, the state government intends to spend Rs 34 crore for expediting the works in infrastructure development in Community Health Centres (CHC), Prime Health Centres (PHC) and sub-centres in the state, they said. An amount of Rs two crore has been earmarked for upgrading four district hospitals in the state while Rs 1.50 crore have been approved for construction of regional drug warehouses at Jammu and Srinagar, the officials added. Under the scheme, the state government will be recruiting 52 doctors and 260 paramedics to overcome the staff shortage in various health institutions in the state.

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