SRINAGAR, OCT 02: In a significant development for the healthcare sector in Jammu and Kashmir, more than 500 projects totalling Rs 7,000 crores have been initiated to strengthen the Union Territory’s healthcare infrastructure.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has consistently emphasized the importance of the healthcare sector in his government’s agenda, with support from the Central government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the AIIMS OPD in Awantipora later this year.
Official details accessed by Morning Kashmir reveal that over 500 projects worth Rs 7000 crores have been taken aimed at bolstering the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir.
The official said J&K is the only UT in the country to provide free universal health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per family, since its implementation from December 2020.
This significant amount ensures that families can avail of medical treatment without worrying about the burden of exorbitant healthcare expenses. The financial security provided by the scheme has empowered families to seek timely medical attention, contributing to better health outcomes and improved quality of life.
108 Jan Aushadhi Centres have also been dedicated towards the welfare of the public since April last year.
Similarly, to build medical cities in both Kashmir and Jammu divisions, the J&K government has also ordered the transfer of 468 kanal of land.
“The medi-city would include medical colleges and hospitals, super-speciality centres of excellence, nursing, pharmaceuticals, hospital management, and dental colleges, ayurvedic colleges and hospitals and medical education hubs, AYUSH centres, research centres with residential areas, staff quarters and guest houses,” said a senior official.
In 2019, the then State Administrative Council (SAC), under the chairmanship of former Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the “policy document” for the setting up of medi-cities in Kashmir and Jammu along with the identification and transfer of land by the Revenue Department for the purpose. To enhance healthcare accessibility, 229 hospitals have been affiliated with the PM-JAY network, offering a wide range of medical services to beneficiaries throughout the Union Territory, ensuring convenient access to healthcare services.