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Masoodi highlights ‘dire state of healthcare system’ in Kashmir in Lok Sabha

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of the Parliament from Anantnag on Saturday highlighted the “dire state of healthcare facilities and shortage of manpower in Kashmir hospitals” during question hour in Lok Sabha.

Expressing concern over the lack of manpower to operate the critical diagnostic equipment across the Kashmir division, particularly South Kashmir areas, Masoodi said, “The objective of National Health Care Policy is to provide quality health care to people but the lack of manpower to run the critical care equipment is impacting the large segment of the population from availing the benefits under the policy.”

He also highlighted the absence of various diagnostics equipment like PET scans and MRI scan machines across South Kashmir districts. “The absence of such critical care and diagnostics equipment is hindering the fulfilment of the objectives of NHCP,” he added.

Emphasising on the emergence of Srinagar as the country’s lung cancer capital, Masoodi called for strengthening diagnostics, critical care facilities and other early detection equipment in Srinagar.

He underscored the need for the upgradation and augmentation of the present health infrastructure in Srinagar to meet the demands of ever ever-increasing number of patients.

He also raised the issue of a 40% shortage of manpower in terms of medics, and paramedics across the government-run hospitals in Kashmir, demanding early filling of the vacant posts.

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