SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president, Dr GM Mir has taken a serious note of a survey conducted by Union Health Ministry which was published by an English local daily in which it has been observed that rural healthcare in J&K is defunct in many ways and needs a complete restructuring.
In a statement issued here, Mir said DAK has been since long saying and stressing upon the government about an acute shortfall of healthcare particularly in rural areas but it seems that our voice is falling to deaf ears.
Dr Mir Waseem, Physician Specialist and executive member of DAK said there is no policy rather there is a “Policy Paralysis” on part of government. He said a comprehensive policy for health needs to be framed by taking all the stake holders including doctors, administrators, and civil society members into consideration.
Dr Suhail Naik, Pediatrician and also executive member of DAK said there should be proper rationalization of specialists along with facility up gradation. He said in the present policy often it is seen that dermatologist is doing the work of Gynaecologist and radiologist is made to do a work of General Physician thus diluting and wasting their talent and training due to the wrong policies of the government.
Dr Irfan ul Shams, ENT Specialist and executive member of the DAK said that due to the in efficient health policy there are no academic refreshment courses like Continuing Medical Education (CME), short training courses, conferences, etc. which will help in keeping the doctors abreast and up-to-date with the latest technologies and will ultimately help in maintaining competence.
DAK stressed upon the health minister, Bali Bhagat, MoS Health, Asiea Naqash, Commissioner Secretary Dr MK Bhandari and Director Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, to frame a comprehensive health policy which is the need of hour and is long due.