Srinagar, Aug 04: To strengthen the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir, Centre has sanctioned Rs 270 crores for upgradation of Government Medical College Srinagar and Jammu under Pradhan Mantri Swasthaya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
Data accessed by the Rising Kashmir revealed that Rs 135 crores have been sanctioned for GMC Srinagar and a similar amount for GMC Jammu.
The money will be spent on additional infrastructures and upgradation of the departments.
According to the GMC officials, the departments which come under Government Medical College Srinagar (GMC) needs upgradation.
Besides, Rs 1828 crores have been sanctioned for the AIIMS Kashmir, and Rs 1611 crores for AIIMS Jammu.
The Cabinet of Government of India had approved the proposal for establishment of AIIMS- Jammu at Vijaypur, District- Samba under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in January 2019. The foundation stone for the AIIMS -Jammu project was laid by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister on February.2019.
AIIMS Vijaypur started the Out-Patient Department (OPD) on June 1 this year.
Meanwhile, In 2019, the Union Cabinet approved AIIMS Kashmir with an estimated cost of Rs 1828 crore. Chief Secretary Arum Mehta had asked officials to start the first batch of students by December this year.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has also approved two medical colleges in Aspirational Districts (AD) of Baramulla (GMC Baramulla) and Kupwara (GMC Handwara).
To further give boost to rural healthcare, the Centre under National Rural Health has released Rs 692.49 and Rs 656.39 in 2019-20 and 2020-21 to J&K. In 2017-18, annual funding of Rs 545.65 crore was released followed by Rs 547.05 crore in 2018-19.
Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir administration has identified 2742 health & wellness centres to upgrade the primary health care services under Ayushman Bharat.
The central government’s flagship health scheme under Ayushman Bharat was launched in December 2018 with an aim to provide lifesaving treatment for marginalized sections of the society.
Health and wellness centres, which form an important component under the ambitious national health scheme, aims to deliver free primary health care, provide early diagnosis, and management of the common Non-Communicable Diseases.
According to the health officials, around 2742 wellness centres will be opened. Out of 2742, 2000 wellness centres have been completed so far. The remaining will be completed by December this year.
In addition, there are 17 diagnostic centres and 71 free drugs to sub-centres and primary health care centres.
In Jammu & Kashmir, the government is planning to develop a comprehensive primary health care through primary health care centres in order to reduce morbidity, disability and mortality at much lower cost, further reducing need for secondary/tertiary care.
In Kashmir, there are 541 health and wellness centres out of which 152 are functional and 389 are under process.