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Health deptt to conduct ‘gap analysis’ to strengthen infra, manpower

Post by M Peerzada on Thursday, January 12, 2023

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Srinagar, Jan 11: The Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department is conducting a gap analysis of infrastructure, machinery and manpower, officials said.
The department has directed officials to conduct a gap analysis in to strengthen the infrastructure and appoint adequate number of doctors, nurses and paramedics.
Administrative Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Bhupinder Kumar said the department is conducting gap analysis study for infrastructure and provision of adequate manpower and they will prepare a plan for the same.
“We will check whether the hospitals meet the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines to improve the quality of healthcare delivery,” he said.
“Once the gap analysis is completed then we will make plan of actions and will try to fill those gaps with regard to infrastructure, machinery and manpower in a limited period of time,” he said.
In April last year, the Union Government revised the editions of the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines for ensuring quality health care in government facilities.
Recently, Kumar chaired a meeting to review and discuss the action plan for strengthening of District Hospitals as per the IPHS 2022.
A key recommendation of IPHS 2022 is to increase the number of hospital beds to at least one per 1,000 population in every district as an essential norm. Similarly, two beds per 1,000 population is a desirable target, which the states should aspire to achieve.
Regarding vacant posts of doctors in hospitals, the Administrative Secretary said many vacancies have been recommended to JKSSRB and very soon they vacancies will be advertised.
“We are in touch with the recruiting agencies and this is an ongoing activity. Where ever there are vacancies those will be filled on war footing basis,” he said.

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