Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat reviewed stock and supply position of medicare facilities at different medical camps set up on Pahalgam route for the ensuing annual Shri Amarnath Yatra today.Mr. Bhagat visited Sub-District Hospital, Seer Hamdan in Mattan block, Yatra Base Camp at Nunwan and Pahalgam Hospital and took stock of facilities put in place for meeting the huge rush of pilgrims during the entire period of yatra. Details regarding availability of medicines, equipments, oxygen cylinders and other related material particularly at main Yatra camps Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni, Holy Cave and other identified locations enroute were discussed with the Minister.The Minister expressed satisfaction on the arrangements made by respective departments to facilitate the yatra and called for a well-knit and coordinated approach with the administration, SASB authorities, NGOs and other volunteers and service providers. He directed the Chief Medical Officer, Anantnag to personally supervise the activities on ground and fulfill the requirements wherever needed.
During the inspection of Nunwan Base Camp and Pahalgam Hospital, the Minister directed the Chief Medical Officer to deploy additional manpower and buffer stock of medicines and other diagnostic facilities in view of large crowd and prolonged stay of pilgrims and tourists. Contingent plan be drawn to meet day-to-day requirements during the entire yatra period. The Chief Medical Officer, Anantnag, Dr. Fazil Ali informed the Minister that right from Banihal to Holy Cave, as many as 21 Medical Camps, including three main base camps at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni have been set up to facilitate the pilgrims. He further informed that adequate stock of medicines, oxygen cylinders/portable cylinders with appropriate number of doctors and para-medics have been made available in the camps to meet any kind of situation. The department has taken all preventive pre- cautionary to deal with any exigency taking into account the previous years’ experience. He said the main feeding hospital Pahalgam is also fully equipped with diagnostic facilities with adequate manpower to meet the anticipated requirements.