Jammu and Kashmir has emerged as a leader in the entire country in terms of setting up of Covid care centres and arrangements of medicines to tackle the pandemic, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday.
The Lieutenant Governor was addressing a function held after he inaugurated Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Akhnoor and dedicated it to the public.
“With the new state-of-the-art Ayurveda facility, we have achieved a new milestone in the healthcare sector of Jammu and Kashmir”, the Lt Governor said.
The first Ayurvedic College in J&K with 63 seats will help the students to gain the learning of the Ayurveda system. In addition, the 60-bedded hospital would prove to be a boon for the people seeking Ayurvedic treatment, the Lt Governor noted.
The Ayurvedic Medical College will also have a great impact on the social, economic, and health system of the area, he added.
Highlighting the need for a comprehensive healthcare and addressing the issue of unemployment, the Lt Governor reiterated that the government is going to provide financial assistance to 400 dental surgeons and 800 paramedics to facilitate them in starting their own clinics through a specially tailored self-employment scheme under the ‘Mission Youth’ programme.
Terming Ayurveda as an important pillar of medical system, the Lt Governor said that the “timeless knowledge gathered by our ancient practitioners and propagated across centuries has to be developed in Jammu and Kashmir into a large ecosystem of alternative medicine through modern infrastructure.”
Outlining the reforms taken by the government to develop Ayurveda system in the UT, the Lt Governor stated that the Ministry of AYUSH has approved the up-gradation of 571 Indian Systems of Medicine dispensaries in J&K in a phased manner by 2023-24. “This includes 73 AYUSH health and wellness centres inaugurated in March this year and 21 AYUSH centres inaugurated in September last year, a total of 94 AYUSH health and wellness centres have been started in Phase-I”, the Lt Governor noted.
In the second phase, the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is working on 100 more AYUSH health and wellness centres. These centres would prove to be a milestone in creating a robust health infrastructure across J&K in the future, he added.
The Lt Governor noted that the role of Ayurvedic College and AYUSH Centres has become imperative in maintaining the health of the people. The aim of the Ayurvedic College and other wellness centres is not only to take care of overall health but also to ensure that people do not fall ill and stay healthy, he added.
In the last few years, he said, under the guidance of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the public health sector in Jammu and Kashmir has got a new direction, new momentum for extending healthcare facilities to all the people. “ It was his vision, under which the Indian System of Medicine was brought into the mainstream through the National Health Policy enabling people to avoid diseases through ‘Self-Care’ and providing an alternate option of treatment to the needy people,” he added.
The LG said a well-experienced faculty in 14 Ayurvedic specialities is there in this new Ayurveda Teaching Institute for imparting quality teaching, clinical education and research based on the practices and principles of Ayurveda, with intake capacity of 63 Students for BAMS course through NEET Examination.
A 60-bed Associated Teaching Hospital, well-equipped laboratories and departmental museums; facilities of Panchkarma and Kshar-sutra, computer-enabled interactive classroom with multi-media projectors and screens have been established for a better teaching-learning experience.
The new facility will cater to the patients in need of out-patient and in-patient services in clinical specialities, first-aid, and emergency care with permissible drugs.
Highlighting the Covid management in the union territory, Sinha said J&K stands out as a leader in the entire country in terms of arrangement of medicines and establishment of Covid Care Centres in Panchayats to provide ample capacity of oxygen beds to the people.
He saluted the indomitable spirit of all the doctors and paramedics of J&K for combating Coronavirus disease. “They (doctors and paramedics) have been conducting extensive vaccination campaign, and they have set the best example in the whole country,” he added.
“It is because of the determined efforts of doctors, paramedics, officers and other healthcare workers working day and night in the field that the Covid management and vaccination model of Jammu and Kashmir is being discussed all over the country”, observed the Lt Governor.
“The threat of coronavirus has not been completely averted. Therefore, prevention is the only way and I request you all to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour,” he said.
Earlier, throwing light on the evolution of Ayurvedic system, the Lt Governor said the “philosophy behind Ayurvedic medicines is an important part of our culture and we should respect all the medical systems in the world.”
He also spoke on the worldwide acceptance of the Ayurvedic methods and systems of medicine. The principle of Ayurveda is based on science, and doctors in most of the developed countries are recommending adoption of the lifestyle mentioned in Ayurveda, he said.
“If European countries can establish Ayurvedic colleges and universities, why we cannot take pride in our ancient wisdom and traditional systems of medicines,” said the Lt Governor.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the LG; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education; Dr. Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Anshul Garg, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal & Dean GMC Jammu; Dr. Mohan Singh, Director, Indian Systems of Medicine, (AYUSH), J&K, and other senior officers and members of the medical fraternity attended the inaugural ceremony.
Bharat Bhushan, Chairman DDC, Jammu; Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament, and Sham Lal Sharma, former Minister were also present on the occasion.