‘NIHAM to start functioning within a year’
DODA, Oct 9: Maintaining that Narendra Modi led Government is committed to provide latest and best healthcare facilities to the people living in far-flung and remotest areas of country, Union Minister in PMO with Independent charge of Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that digital health camp at remote Gandoh in Doda district signifies PM’s work culture.
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Launching the Doctor on Wheels in Gandoh near here -a digital health care facility in the area today, Dr Jitendra Singh said gone are the days when the people of this remote belt were facing hardships for A class medical facilities. There was a time when the people of this remote belt had not even seen the doctor or health centre and at the time of illness they were surrendering themselves to God and in case of any eventuality they were considering it a fate accompli, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said PM Narendra Modi has announced the launch of Digital Health Mission from the ramparts of Red Fort during the Independence Day function this year with the objective that the benefit of health care services should reach every body irrespective of caste, creed, colour or religion. Inspired by that today the first digital health camp was held in Gandoh which will cover the 60 villages of the district Doda and benefit the thousands of people living there, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh, while talking to media persons said taking a cue from PM’s Mantra Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Priyas, the digital health camp is organised in this remote area with the help of various organizations including NHPC, Sahara Health and Development Society, Sewa Bharti, doctors of Doda Medical College etc.
He said rising above all political and vote bank considerations the motto behind launch of the camp is that the benefit of the Health Mission should reach where it is needed and people should get better health facilities all over country. He said the camp is being held without any consideration for the betterment of society and people as a whole.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that free of cost tests and examinations will be held at the door steps of the people in remotest areas and within 20 minutes the report will be given and later the consultations will be provided by super specialists through on line from Surat Gujarat, Bengaluru in Karnataka and Hyderabad. If need be the medicines will be also prescribed for the ailing people by these super specialists, he added.
It may be recalled that the digital health camp was held in the native village of former Union Minister and senior Congress leader which had no post office and bank facilities over four years back and it was Dr Jitendra Singh who opened the post office and SBI Branch in the village. Now the Minister is touching the village with digital health facilities also.
Dr Jitendra Singh, while highlighting the development projects launched by present Modi Government for the benefit of people in the erstwhile Doda district said the work on Chattergala Tunnel will begin soon as the process for same is on, while on the Khelani to Sudh Mahadev highways the work is going on.
He said the admission to second batch of Doda Medical College will be started soon while the National Institute of High Altitude Medicines (NIHAM) will start functioning in Bhaderwah within a year. Besides, the work on power projects is also going on. Dr Jitendra Sing said the construction of the new highways, tunnels and other projects will help in employment generation and the local people will get the jobs also.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that he is not highlighting these projects for political benefits but for the public information so that the people can avail their benefits.
Expressing serious concern over absence of doctors in the local hospitals after the issue was brought to the notice of Minister by the media persons, Dr Jitendra Singh said that he will take up the issue with concerned authorities soon and assured that the doctors will attend their duties in all the hospitals of the district. He also asked for the names of those doctors who are absconding so that the action under rules can be taken against them.
He said that the absence of doctors from their duties is mis- governance and the authorities should look into this issue with out delay so that people don’t suffer.
Earlier while inaugurating the camp, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government is sensitive towards the health of the people. The Fit India campaign is going on. People are being made health conscious. In this sequence, today all of us have become the part of this health camp. Health check-up of people is being done through this camp. This test will be helpful in achieving their good health.
Addressing the function, CMD NHPC, A K Singh said that NHPC through its CSR activities is running many welfare schemes for the welfare of the people. Welfare work is being done through CSR in the field of health, education and infrastructure. These healthcare camps are being organized under the guidance of Dr Jitendra Singh. This is a strong step taken in building a healthy India.