Minister of state for Forest, Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, Saturday paid surprise visit to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore.
During the visit, the Minister checked the attendance of the staff and found that 15 employees of different cadres were absent from duty. Taking serious note of it, he passed directions to Director, Health Services Kashmir for taking strict action against the absentees under rules.
The Minister also went round various sections of the hospital including X-ray, dental, outdoor patient and general wards.
He asked the Management of the hospital for ensuring punctuality and maintaining roaster register of medicos and para-medicos so that the patients do not face any inconvenience.
Zahoor also asked the management for maintaining cleanliness in and around the hospital premises.
Interacting with attendants and patients in hospital, the Minister said that the Government headed by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is committed to provide better healthcare to people of the State at their door steps.
He said that health institutions have adequate stock of life saving drugs and the patients have to get these from hospitals free of cost. He said in this regard several initiatives have been taken by the Government during last two years.
Minister said that establishment of AIIMS at Awantipora is big achievement of the Government, saying that with the functioning of this prestigious hospital patients of the Valley particularly Pulwama and Anantnag districts will get proper medicare at their door steps.
He also visited the Block Development Office, Pampore and took stock of its activities.
Earlier, the Minister kick started work of macdamization on 10 kms roads in Neej and Pampore areas of Pampore Constituency. He was apprised that an amount of Rs 5.5 crore have already been sanctioned for carrying out macadamization of these roads.
The Minister directed the Executing Agency to work with utmost dedication ensuring timely completion of all ongoing road projects in Pampore Constituency using quality material.
En-route, several deputations and individuals met the Minister and apprised him about their developmental needs. These included construction of lanes, drains, replacement of damaged poles and issuance of timber.
The Minister gave them patient hearing and assured that their genuine demands would be looked into. He, however, in some cases gave on-the-spot directions to the concerned for immediate redressal.