NEW DELHI: Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir will soon get a super-specialty army hospital with the most modern hi-tech healthcare facility as well as DM and MCh trained super-specialist doctors, said GoI’s minister Jitendra Singh on Friday.
Singh, who is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, said as per the expected schedule, the hospital is likely to start functioning early next year, but he has personally written to the defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman requesting her to try to get the project expedited in order to ensure that the PDC (Probable Date of Completion) gets advanced and the hospital becomes functional by the end of this year.
Earlier in the day, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS), Lt. Gen. Bipin Puri called on Jitendra Singh and gave a detailed update about the status of the super-specialty hospital coming up under the aegis of Northern Command, Udhampur.
Singh said the new super-specialty army hospital at Udhampur will prove to be a great healthcare asset for the entire region. “On the one hand, it will offer prompt and high quality treatment to a large number of armed forces personnel and their families posted in the region and on the other hand, it will also provide a cost-effective and reliable treatment option for thousands of ex-servicemen and their families who comprise a large section of civilian population in the entire region extending up to the hilly terrains of the erstwhile Doda district,” he said.
Jitendra also lauded the support provided by the Army Medical Corps (AMC) in organising several healthcare camps in the region. He was particularly appreciative of the two-day multi-specialty medical camp held recently at Bhaderwah, where expert doctors of AMC from across the country offered their services and over 10,000 civilian patients availed of this opportunity.
With the National River Rejuvenation Project (NRRP) including Devika as North India’s first river for cleaning and reconstruction and, at the same time, the first Radio Station in Udhampur also becoming functional by the year end, Jitendra Singh said a super-specialty army hospital would be yet another addition to the district’s recent milestones.