Healthcare services witnessing ‘revolutionary transformation’ in J&K: LG
Launches ‘Arogya Siddhi’, e-inaugurates 73 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres across J&K
Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said the healthcare services in the union territory are witnessing a “revolutionary transformation” with his administration committed to ensuring quality and affordable services to the people.
With an aim of promoting good health and expanding the outreach of comprehensive primary healthcare services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha e-inaugurated 73 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Health and Wellness Centres under the Ayushman Bharat scheme across the union territory.
“The healthcare services in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a revolutionary transformation in the past several months. Unprecedented work is being done for advancement and upgradation of medical facilities for ensuring quality and affordable healthcare services in the UT,” he said.
The LG remarked that the government was making committed efforts to fully integrate AYUSH with the healthcare delivery system, besides promoting good health through preventive, rehabilitative, mitigative and curative interventions of the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H).
Speaking on the significance of the AYUSH system of treatment and medicine, he said this system of medicine focuses on the overall wellness of a person.
“It not only treats a patient but also guides people for adopting a healthy lifestyle along with teaching yoga and other natural, healthy practices,” he said.
Sinha observed that AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres would be a “game-changer” in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in promoting the AYUSH sector, so that a comprehensive primary healthcare through AYUSH principles and practices is provided to the community for achieving the basic objective of holistic wellness model by advocating self-care and home remedies amongst the community.
He laid special emphasis on creating awareness and sensitising all stakeholders and health service providers about the strengths of AYUSH systems for optimum utilisation of its potential, and revival of the traditional systems of medicine.
Sinha also expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing reforms in the healthcare sector by establishing two All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jammu and Kashmir, besides sanctioning several medical colleges and hospitals for overall revamping of the healthcare sector here.
The LG interacted also interacted with the staff of various Health and Wellness centres and enquired about their functioning, daily and monthly patient in-take and free of cost healthcare services being provided to patients in these centres.
Sinha also launched “Arogya Siddhi”, a compendium of clinical outcomes of AYUSH interventions across the union territory.
A video presentation giving detailed information about the AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres, and the facilities being provided to people in these centres, particularly in far-flung areas, was also displayed.
Some of the features of AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres include medicinal plants garden, yoga space, providing training and suggestions for home treatment, promoting ‘Dincharya’ (art of healthy Living), ‘Ritucharya’ (wellness calendar) and a personalized healthcare approach.
Pertinently, out of 73 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres, nine are in Udhampur; seven in Rajouri; six in Reasi; five in Baramulla; four in Budgam, Bandipora, Doda and Ramban; three in Jammu, Srinagar , Kathua, Kupwara, Poonch , Anantnag and Pulwama; Two in Kulgam, Ganderbal, Shopian, Samba and one in Kishtwar.
Out of the 571 approved AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres, 94 have been completed in the First phase and 100 others will be completed in the second, it was informed.