SRINAGAR: Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed ordered health authorities to set up pilot ‘Model Peripheral Hospitals’ in all districts of the state so that healthcare in remote areas is improved, an official spokesman said.
Tertiary healthcare centres in cities have been complaining of unnecessary referrals from peripheral institutions, primarily because of lack of facilities.
Mufti told a meeting of health and medical department that the availability of doctors and paramedical staff in hospitals is as important as modernisation of health centres, the spokesman said in a statement.
“A well-defined healthcare system has to be in place to cater to the needs of people in villages, towns and cities,” Mufti added.
Stressing upon optimal utilization of existing infrastructure to save construction costs, Mufti said, “Our prime objective should be to convert community health centres and primary health centres into Model Hospitals with main focus on providing maternity and childcare services at the primary level.”
“The government will approach the Centre for funding once the pilot projects become functional,” he said.
In order to reduce referrals and decentralize emergency and casualty management system, the CM also passed directions for upgrading three district hospitals in each division by providing additional manpower, particularly in gynaecology & obstetrics, anaesthesia, paediatrics, orthopaedics, general surgery, medicine and radiology.
He asked the Health Department to work out the financial implications and prepare a comprehensive proposal for funding by the Finance Department.
Under the Model Hospital Plan, the government will augment manpower in peripheral healthcare centres by providing five consultants and three medical officers.
Till a new paediatric hospital is built near Lal Ded Hospital, the government will construct two floors, dedicated entirely to paediatric care, at under-construction maternity hospital at Bemina
-CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed