SRINAGAR: The Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review the flagship schemes of the Health & Medical Education and Social Welfare departments.
Financial Commissioner (ACS), Health & Medical Education Department, Administrative Secretary, Social Welfare Department along with Mission Director National Health Mission and concerned Sectoral Heads participated in the meeting.
It was informed that around 16 lakh beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) and nearly 38 lakh beneficiaries under AB-PMJAY-SEHAT Schemes have been given golden cards.
It was further informed that 239 hospitals have been empanelled by the Government for providing free of cost and cashless health cover to the beneficiaries. To boost enrollment under both the schemes, a special Gaon Gaon Ayushman campaign has been launched by the Department.
While terming the AB-PMJAY/AB-PMJAY-SEHAT an attractive insurance product, the Chief Secretary advised the department to ensure 100% coverage under these schemes by issuing golden cards to all the households in Jammu and Kashmir.
While emphasizing the availability of affordable and quality generic medicines across all the health care institutions in the Union territory as an important public health objective, the Chief Secretary directed the opening up of Jan Aushadhi Kendras in all 3500 government hospitals in a time bound manner by utilizing the services of existing pharmacists in the government health sector.
“Special emphasis must be given to promote awareness on the prices, availability and quality of generic medicines through dedicated IEC campaigns”, Dr Mehta added.
The Chief Secretary further directed the department to open 1000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras before March, 2022 through respective Block Medical Officers.
“It is important that our health care facilities meet the national quality benchmarks.,” Dr Mehta observed.
He directed the department to strive towards achieving NQAP accreditation of all premier hospitals in J&K.
The Chief Secretary also directed the department to upscale School Health Program in all the districts of the Union territory in association with the School Education department to train school teachers as health ambassadors aimed at safeguarding both the physical and mental health of school-going children.
To ensure the smooth functioning of Health Helpline Number –‘104’, the Health Department was asked to launch intensive IEC campaigns to educate people about the outreach facility, besides strengthening the ambulance fleet to reduce the response time in cases of medical emergencies.
Dr Mehta also underscored the need to promote tele-consultations and periodic screening for non-communicable diseases for early detection and timely expert medical intervention in cases of serious/life-consuming diseases.
The Chief Secretary also enjoined upon the department to do comparative analysis with other States/UTs as regards the performance vis-a-vis the health indicators like NMR, IMR and MMR, besides taking measures to ascertain whether the desired outcomes under schemes like JSY, JSSK, SUMAN and PMSMA have been achieved.