18 Members Assembly Committee on Environment under the Chairmanship of G. M. Saroori today inspected District Hospital Baramulla.The Committee took a comprehensive account of the sanitation, water supply, electricity, ambulance, wastage disposal, lift services, solid waste management, cleanliness and availability of effluent treatment plant at the District Hospital.Various issues like shortage of staff, requirement of an effluent treatment plant and street lights were highlighted on this occasion. The Committee was informed that Baramulla District hospital is presently having a capacity of 200 beds.Discussion on need for a neo-natal Ventilator, Effluent treatment Plant, Sewage Treatment Plant, improving facilities at Nursing training centre and Plantation of trees in the Hospital area was held threadbare during the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, G.M. Saroori highlighted the need for a comprehensive plan for pollution control, sanitation and solid waste management at the Hospital. He said, “round the clock availability of water supply, incineration plant, macdamisation of parking places and efficient disposal and treatment of wastes are the most important aspects to be looked upon”. He also stressed upon the authorities to check the menace of sub-standard drugs and made a mention of the fact that the recommendation for converting old hospital complex Baramulla into a CHC will be put forward. He said that recommendation for additional funds would also be put forth.
The MLAs also highlighted many issues during the meeting. Shamima Firdous highlighted the need for curbing declining Child sex ratio. Javid Hassan Baig, meanwhile, stressed for increment in funding for the district hospital.Medical Superintendent, Abdul Quyoom informed the Committee about various problems and issues of the district hospital. Apart from lack of staff and other facilities, he also made a mention of the fact that a committee headed by Deputy Commissioner is monitoring the causes of the decline in sex ratio and the ways to curb it.Meanwhile, the Committee made an inspection of various sections of the hospital and took a comprehensive note of sanitation situation, cleanliness, hygiene and other issues.Meanwhile, the Committee held a meeting with the district administration at Gulmarg, during which all environment related issues were discussed. The steps that are inevitable to curb environmental pollution and the strategy needed to frame a comprehensive policy regarding environmental protection were the other agenda points.