JAMMU, Mar 13: Minister Incharge Health Department today informed the Legislative Assembly that Remote Sensing Department has recommended opening of 238 Health Sub-Centres across the State on the basis of GIS survey.
In response to the question of National Panthers Party MLA, Balwant Singh Mankotia, the Health Minister said that as per the recommendation of House Committee the survey for deficient health institutions is being carried out by Remote Sensing Department. “A report based on the GIS survey has been submitted by Remote Sensing Department which has identified 238 health institutions”, he added.
About the critical care ambulances, the Minister said that the process of procurement under National Rural Health Mission got delayed because of court intervention and other reasons. “Now the rate contract has been finalized and after procurement/fabrication of critical care ambulances these will be deployed along the National Highways”, he added.
In response to a question regarding delay in the completion of construction of Udhampur Trauma Hospital, the Minister informed the House that in July 2009 Union Government released an amount of Rs 80 lakh directly to Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Udhampur for establishment of Trauma Care Centre (level-II) at District Hospital Udhampur. However, the execution of the work got delayed due to change of executing agency from JKPCC to PWD (R&B).
“At present civil works are nearing completion while as supply orders for machinery and equipments have been placed”, the Minister said, adding “the Trauma Care Centre in District Hospital Udhampur is likely to be made operational by April 15, 2013”.
About Trauma Care Centres at other locations, the Minister informed the House that buildings of Trauma Hospitals at Ramban and Thathri have been completed and equipment procured while as sanitary works were going on in Trauma Hospital at Mahanpur.
“As far as Trauma Hospital at Anantnag is concerned, procurement of machinery and equipment is under process”, the Minister said.