Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday recommended release of Rs 1.40 Cr from his MPLAD to various Medical institutions falling under the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary Constituency of Srinagar in support to fight against COVID-19.
In this connection the Party President wrote to Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and recommended the release of Rs 50 Lacs for directorate of health services, Rs 30 Lacs each to Government Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, Government SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, and SKIMS Medical College Hospital Srinagar. He hoped the funds will be utilized by the concerned institutions to give boost to COVID care.
“It is the most appropriate way to use the funds. I hope the amount will be of assistance in strengthening the facilities in hospitals and health centers to treat patients fighting Covid. There is pressure on buying more equipment to grapple with the patient load, I hope the amount will help out public health facilities across Srinagar to plug the shortages, and cater to various other COVID exigencies,” he said.
The fresh allocation is in addition to previously allocated Rs 4 Crore, which the honorable Party President had released from MPLAD fund to combat COVID -19 spread.
Meanwhile Party Member of Parliament (Retd) Justice Hasnain Masoodi on Saturday visited Lower Munda in District Kulgam to have an on spot assessment of the tracing and testing facility for incoming travelers at the spot. On the occasion, the visiting MP was apprised by the authorities that nearly 6800 travelers undergo testing at the facility on a daily basis from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM. Later the MP visited various health facilities across Kulgam and made stopovers at Wanpoh, Chak Wangud, Qazigund and other adjoining areas to access the status of testing, vaccination and critical Covid care being provided to the locals.
Later he met District Commissioner Kulgam whose attention he drew towards the need of having round the clock testing facility at the Lower Munda post on Sgr- Jmu highway. Expressing concern over the laxity in Covid-19 testing at the Lower Munda check point, Masoodi said the unfiltered entry of travelers mostly laborers into J&K after 6 PM will and before 9.AM will encumber the fight against COVID-19 sprawl.
Masoodi also sought a boost in the COVID care drugs, Vaccines, and equipment at all primary, secondary health care centers in the district particularly District Hospital Kulgam, and all PHCs/MMCs in the entire 5 Medical blocks of Kulgam.
Masoodi also impressed upon the divisional administration to engage the unemployed physiotherapy, occupational therapy radiotherapy, lab technology, respiratory therapy, radio therapy and other nursing graduates and post graduates in its fight against the COVID. He stated engaging the highly trained personnel will give impetus to the testing, tracing, and Covid care efforts of the district administration in Combating covid exigencies.