5 ISM hospitals, 30 dispensaries coming up in JK

Jammu, February 14 (Scoop News) -Minister of State for Health,  Shabir Ahmad Khan today said that the government was keen to promote Indian system of treatment in the state and with this objective in mind five ISM hospitals, 30 dispensaries involving Rs. 101 crore are being established across the state. 

The   Minister was speaking at an officers meeting of ISM Department, convened to review the physical and financial status of ongoing projects taken up under the flagship health scheme NRHM and State plan for up-gradation of ISM related infrastructure in the State here today.

The Health Minister asked the department to encourage the  people to also  avail this choice of treatment, as the government has already setup ISM health centers at all State and District level hospitals, besides Primary Health Centers, where free medicines as well as other related facilities have been  available free of cost for needy patients.

Director ISM, Dr. Abdul Kabir, Mission Director, NRHM, Dr. Yashpaul Sharma and other senior officers of concerned Departments attended the meeting.

The Health Minister emphasized upon the concerned authorities to ensure  proper treatment facilities to at the ISM hospitals   adding that it should be strictly ensured that patients are get  free medicines and other health care facilities  kept available by the government for them in these hospitals.

The Minister directed for time bound completion of under execution hospital buildings and asked the Director ISM sort out the issues    with concerned departments so that the work do not hamper.

Director, ISM, Dr. Abdul Kabir gave detailed resume of physical and financial achievements registered by the department towards promotion of ISM treatment in the State. He said that about 40 lakh people have been treated in ISM health centers and hospitals during last 10 months of current fiscal. He said 2 AYUSH unit have been set up at 396 PHCs  providing the choices of treatment under one roof, besides  treatment facilities like panchkarma, kasharsutra and regimental therapies have been made available for the patients in 2 Community Health Centers in Kupwara and Sarwal, Jammu . He said to provide Sowa Rigpa treatment facility to the people of ladakh, 20 AMCHI practitioners have been engaged under NRHM there.

Giving financial status of some major under construction projects, Dr. Kabir informed that construction work on government Medical College (AYd), Akhnoor, Unani College Nawabagh, Ganderbal, 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital Harwan, Srinagar, 50 bedded Ayurveda hospital Jammu, besides the construction work on 30 ISM Dispensaries at the cumulative cost of Rs 101.36 crore are apace against which Rs.34.70 crore have been released under NRHM and State plan. He also informed that out of the released funds Rs. 33.33 crore have been expended on these projects till December last.