Bali seeks support of members to improve healthcare system in State

Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today sought the support of legislators for improving the health sector in the State.
Winding up the discussion on Demand of Grants for the Departments under his charge, the Minister appreciated the concerns of the Members for upgrading Health facilities in their respective areas.
The Government has already identified the gaps to improve the facilities and Government of India will be approached for providing necessary funds for plugging those, said the Minister.
Revealing a slew of measures initiated by the Government during its short stint of two months to rejuvenate the health sector,
Bali Bhagat said that implementation of Free Drug Policy from 1st June in all the health institutions (except tertiary hospitals) is the landmark initiative as a large chunk of population of the state will benefiting from this programme.
Most of the essential drugs will be available to the patients free of cost in the health institutions and doctors have been instructed to prescribe all the available drugs to the patients and the prescriptions will also be put to audit regularly to strictly enforce the policy.
To ensure the proper cleanliness of wards, toilets and washrooms, the authorities of GMCs and other main hospitals have been directed to hire the services of Sulab, which is a pioneering and credible agency in the field of sanitation across the country.
In view of the alarming rate of Cancer incidence in the State he said, the Government will set up two State Cancer Institutes, one each at Jammu and Srinagar on fast-track basis. The Drug and Food Control Organisation which is responsible for checking the menace of spurious drugs and ensuring quality food items in the state will be further strengthened and made more result oriented.

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