Jammu: Rebuilding infrastructure in Government Medical College and its associated hospitals, which suffered severe damages in floods last year, would be the top priority of the government, Minister of health, social welfare and transport Asiya Naqash said Saturday .
She also underscored the need of upgrading SKIMS Bemina in order to lessen the burden on other hospitals.
“It will be my priority to rebuild infrastructure GMC and its associated hospitals hit by last year’s floods,” she said.
“SKIMS Bemina isn’t running to its full capacity because it doesn’t have a separate authority. That hospital has to be upgraded. I will take up the matter with CM so that a full- fledged authority will run and utilise it properly,” Asiya told Kashmir Reader.
Asiya said there was a need to create a conducive environment so that doctors are not reluctant to attend duties in far flung areas.
She said the security measures such as CCTVs would be installed in Valley’s sole maternity care LD hospital apart from putting emphasis on GB pant hospital, which is unable to cater to huge patient rush.
“I would like to see another children hospital come up this time,” she added.
Spelling out the plans in social welfare department, which she believes is close to her heart said the list of beneficiaries would be computerised to bring transparency and accountability in the sector.
“I can’t stop monthly pensions to stop pilferages but I will improve the entire system by computerising the list of beneficiaries. Also, I want to implement the schemes properly so that beneficiaries won’t have to face any problem,” Asiya said.
Asiya, who represents Hazratbal constituency said issues such as storage problems faced by Anganwari workers would be mitigated.
She said focus would be put on Srinagar city and issues such as traffic jams and overloading would be tackled.
“I have asked ARTO’s to go out and get take action against violators. When we talk about smart cities, traffic jams and overloading has to go,” Asiya said.