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Inaugurates ‘Jashn-e-Sehat’ conclave at Jammu; says have ensured every citizen in need of medical attention is treated with respect and dignity

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated ‘Jashn-e-Sehat’, a two-day health conclave to celebrate people’s right to health and deliberate challenges and future roadmap for better health services delivery, here at Convention Centre.

The LG also launched ‘Qissa-e-Ayushman’ coffee-table book, e-RUPI prepaid e-vouchers for providing diagnostic services, e-SAHAJ (Electronic System for Administration of Hospital and Joint Management), and Tele-MANAS (Mental Health Assistance & Networking Across States) cell of NHM. He also released a report on Gap Assessment of District Hospitals as per IPHS 2022, an official press release informed.

It said on the occasion, the LG underscored that Right to health for all without discrimination is our commitment. “We have ensured every citizen in need of medical attention is treated with respect and dignity,” he added.

“A happier and more productive society is our prime objective. I believe public health is fundamental to stable socio-economic growth. The prudent policy followed by robust implementation helped us to fill gaps in health care capacities and eradicate inequality between rich and poor,” the LG said.

“While many developed nations are mulling over universal health coverage, PM Narendra Modi-Ji has ensured equal access to health services without financial hardship,” the LG observed.

“For almost 67 years, people of J&K faced persistent neglect of healthcare. There was no government health insurance scheme. The Prime Minister established a resilient health system and provided health assurance to all,” he further added.

The State health agency that is implementing ABPMJAY SEHAT has achieved many milestones since the launch of the initiative and more than 77 lakh people have been provided with Ayushman cards and so far 6 lakh beneficiaries have been provided free and cashless treatments under the scheme, the LG said lauding the agency’s resolve.

Around 1000 people are using the health golden card per day and getting treatment worth Rs 2.5 crore daily, he added.

The LG further observed that approximately 92 percent of families in the J&K UT have at least one Ayushman Card. Four districts- Ganderbal, Shopian, Kulgam, and Samba have been 100 percent saturated as per the NFSA database and while four others, Poonch, Anantnag, Pulwama, and Ramban are nearing 98 percent saturation.

“Leave no one behind is not just a mantra for me but it is also my commitment to the people. Public well-being is always at the center of our policies and our spending on health programs has risen as compared to many developed and bigger states,” the LG said.

He also highlighted the achievements of J&K while further adding that the UT is emerging as a “shining example across the country with world-class health infrastructure”. Besides, seven new medical colleges work is underway on two AIIMS, two State Cancer Institutes, two Bones & Joints hospitals, and more than 300 health infrastructure projects, he added.

In the last three years, 2742 health and wellness centers have been established; 207 Advanced Life Support Ambulances and 286 Basic Life Support Ambulances have been dedicated for the health care of the general public, he further added.

In order to shift towards automated service delivery, we have launched an ‘e-SAHAJ’ project which entails online appointments from doctors, and digitization of patient’s medical records, etc. In the first phase of e-SAHAJ, 575 health facilities have been covered and it is integrated with the Rapid Assessment System, which will also provide real-time feedback from common citizens, the LG said.

On the occasion, the LG congratulated the people of Jammu Kashmir and appreciated the dedicated efforts of healthcare workers, officers of the State Health Agency and National Health Mission for the robust implementation of the health insurance schemes.

Earlier, the LG felicitated the Deputy Commissioners and CMOs of the districts and representatives of hospitals of the public and private sectors for their outstanding work and achievements in the implementation of the schemes of the health sector.

A short clip of the testimonies of the beneficiaries of PMJAY AB & SEHAT was also displayed on the occasion.

Rajinder Sharma, Mayor JMC laid emphasis on the importance of health care and said PM JAY Ayushman Bharat and SEHAT has provided immense benefits to the people of J&K. He expressed gratitude to the Union government and the LG-led UT administration for the “unprecedented development” happening in J&K’s health sector.

Dr RS Sharma, CEO National Health Authority lauded the impressive implementation of PM-JAY Ayushman Bharat and PM JAY SEHAT in the UT of Jammu Kashmir. J&K is among the leading states/UTs for the quality of health care services in the country. 28000 hospitals are empaneled under Ayushman Bharat and any person can take benefits of the scheme, he added.

He also mentioned AB Digital Mission started by the PM under which people can keep records of medical history and vaccination data in digital form.

Bhupinder Kumar, Administrative Secretary, H&ME Department gave a brief on the successful implementation of PM-JAY Ayushman Bharat & SEHAT and the benefits extended under the schemes. Access to quality health care is also being realized through new health infrastructure in J&K, he added.

Ramesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, besides JMC Councilors, officers of H&ME, and public and private health-care providers were present on the occasion.

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