In a bid to boost healthcare infrastructure across the Union Territory, a slew of measures have been undertaken. On Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik laid the foundation stone (electronically) for 100 bedded State Cancer Institute at Government Medical College hospital in Jammu.
A total of 196 Health and Wellness Centres were also inaugurated besides releasing the ‘Policy Document’ on roadmap for reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to single digit by 2022 in the region.
“The 100 bedded State Cancer Institute coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore will provide a host of services and facilities including PET Scan, linear accelerators, brachytherapy, chemotherapy services, bone marrow transplant services, modular operation theatres, ICU and cancer rehabilitation services,” Malik was quoted saying by PTI.
Highlighting the significance of the Health and Wellness Centres, governor described them of vital importance in preventing diseases.
“Government is working for the welfare of the people and in doing so, more doctors will be recruited to increase the strength and enhance the health care facilities,” he said.
The Governor said the Centre is leaving no stone unturned to make J&K and Ladakh to achieve all round development in every sector.
Union minister Jitendra Singh, who was also present, congratulated the Health Department for taking concrete steps to improve the healthcare in J&K.
“Every ailing person has right to treatment which can only be met with the availability of modern healthcare facilities. With coming up of AIIMS, State Cancer Institute and new Medical colleges in J&K, the success stories of difficult regions of the country can be replicated,” he said.
He said that the central government has sanctioned eight medical colleges in J&K in the last one year and each new medical college has got budgetary support of Rs 189 crore.
The Department of Health and Medical Education has successfully operationalised five medical colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda with supplementation of infrastructure, manpower and state of the art machinery and equipments in government Medical Colleges and Associated Hospitals, the governor said.