Jammu, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today said that government is seriously considering to set up an exclusive Bone & Joint Hospital (B&J) at Jammu to cater to the needs of huge number of patients suffering from various bones & joints related issues.
Speaking at a function organized by the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at Government Medical College (GMC) here today to felicitate him for meeting their long pending demand regarding removing disparity in the stipend, the minister said that a DPR has been formulated for establishment of Bone & Joint Hospital at Jammu and shortly the Government of India will be approached for granting necessary sanction and allocating funds for the purpose.
Presently there is no such hospital in Jammu division and patients have to move to Srinagar or neighbouirng states for the specialized treatment, said the minister.
Maintaining that the present BJP-PDP Government headed by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti is giving topmost priority to upgrade the health infrastructure and diagnostic facilities, Bali said that several steps have been initiated during the past three years to improve things on ground and change is very much visible in all the health institutions.
He said major issue is the shortage of manpower (doctors and para-medics), for which the government has formulated a comprehensive proposal to create posts of doctors and para-medics as per the patient ratio, especially in the newly established districts.
Regarding the deficiencies pointed out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the GMC, Jammu and Srinagar in view of the increased intake seats, the minister said that government has already taken note of it and all necessary steps have been put in place to fulfill the gaps as per the requirements of the MCI.
Principal GMC, Dr. Sunanda Raina also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the achievements and problems of the college.