Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan during his surprise inspection to Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg District Hospital, Mother Child Care Hospital Anantnag and Sub District Hospital Bijbeharalate last evening imposed fine of Rs 1000 each on 3 officials for dereliction of their duties.Meanwhile, the Minister gave nod for additional Ambulance for MCH, Anantnag besides Rs. 10 lakh for Hospital renovation. He said government contemplates to make this MCH as a first Referral Unit and in this regard a proposal has been mooted to the Centre for approval of funds. He said that an ICU ward with required diagnosticequipment would be setup in new Hospital block of District hospital Anantnag. He instructed Director Health Services, Kashmir to look into the quality of recently purchased drip stands and Dunlop matrasses put in place in the new wards of Hospital block.
The Minister during his visit to these Hospitals inspected the Emergency, Surgery, Ortho, Gynae wards, Sick and Childcare and SNCU units and blood banks and enquired about the facilities being provided to the patients. He also enquired about the blood unit stocksmaintained in the hospitals. He interacted with patients and their attendants, enquired about the facilities provided to them and gave on the spot direction to the concerned for further improvement in the sanitation facilities in and around the hospitals besides ensuring hassle free treatment facilities to the patients.He also issued strict orders for providing free treatment facilities to the pregnant mothers and infants besides to and fro transport facilities to them under JSSY. He warned for stern action against officials found neglecting their duties.The Minister emphasized the need for effective implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) flagship programme to ensure universalization of health services in rural areas of the State.
The Health Minister during his interaction with locals said that Government endeavours to complete the construction work of the new District Hospital Complex well in time for convenience of the patients coming from various parts of South Kashmir besides from Kishtwar and Ramban Districts for treatment. He said the Hospital will have all diagnostic machinery like CT scan, Endoscopy, MIR etc. and fitted with other clinical equipment. He said the construction work of this prestigious Hospital was taken up at a cost of Rs. 59.50 crore and up to last fiscal over Rs 27 crore has been spent on it. He said this fiscal Rs 4crore is being utilized on it besides funds under NRHM will also be made available for its completion.The Minister said that government would also consider construction of additional accommodation for MCH Hospital and SDH Hospital Bijbehara, subject to the availability of Land. He directed the concerned authorities to formulate DPRs for sanction of funds at the earliest.Director Health Services, Kashmir, Mission Director, NRHM, DR Yash pal Sharma, Director ISM, Dr. Abdul Kabeer, Drug and Food Controller, Mr Satish Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Mr Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Joint Director Planning, Health Department, Mr G.M.Bhat, Chief Medical Officer, Anantnag besides other concerned officers accompaniedthe Minister during the visit.