Srinagar: The Director of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Vidushi Chaturvedi has expressed shock over non-implementation of various health schemes in J&K and said that a high-level review will be ordered soon to make the National Health Mission (NHM) officials answerable.
“We will review the National Health Mission in J&K soon. We were not able to do this till now because we were occupied with many other things,” she told Kashmir Reader.
According to her, health is a state subject and the J&K government needs to take initiatives, using support from the Government of India, to improve health care. “We can only push and encourage them to improve their performance,” Chaturvedi said.
She said that as per the records sent by officials of NHM J&K, the 102 ambulance service was running in the state, though in fact it couldn’t be started even eight years after it was introduced in J&K.
“As per the records available with me, nearly 331 ambulances are running under 102 ambulance code. I came to know from you that the service is defunct. I will look into it soon. I hope things will improve,” she said.
Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) took strong note of non-implementation of various health schemes in Jammu & Kashmir and ordered a probe, following media reports that highlighted administrative lapses.
The probe was initiated against officials of J&K government for inordinate delay in the implementation of health schemes like 102, 108 ambulances services, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, National Dialysis Program, Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program (BMMP), and Ayushman Bharat.
Chaturvedi said that the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi held various meetings on various health initiatives and development projects in J&K.
“PMO seeks regular updates on J&K health scenario from us and many meetings were held on the region. In coming days, development projects for J&K will also be discussed,” she said.
Sources said that the PMO had received complaints from various stakeholders about non-implementation of health schemes due to administrative lapses in J&K. Media reports had also painted a grim picture of health schemes in J&K which prompted the PMO to initiate a probe against National Health Mission officers and other health officials in the state who are responsible for the execution of the programmes.