More than 14L have used health services in the valley in the last 8 months: officials

Srinagar, September 04: More than 14 lakh people have been able to access proper health services at health facilities in Kashmir division since January this year, officials said.

Officials attributed the development to the reorganization and modernization of J&K’s medical infrastructure in recent years.

According to official figures, 1,361,567 people suffering from different health conditions were treated at Outpatient Departments (OPDs) in various health facilities in 10 districts of Kashmir division.

The patients were given facilities in various health facilities including district hospitals, sub-district hospitals and other peripheral health facilities.

The government has injected 7177 crores to improve the health sector (400 health infrastructure works in progress). Its main objective is to strengthen health projects at the peripheral, block and district levels.

Similarly, 68254 patients were treated in inpatient wards (IPDs) at health facilities in Kashmir division.

“The figure of over 14 lakh people receiving health services alone speaks for the change. There has been a massive face lift in health facilities across Kashmir. Most district and sub-district hospitals have been equipped with essential gadgets needed for basic diagnosis. Millions of money are being spent on the renovation and construction of health facilities,” said Director of Health Services in Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad.

In addition to basic health services, 4274 major surgeries were also performed.

“At CHC Kreeri, 108 major surgeries were performed, followed by 80 major surgeries at CHC Pattan,” the data reveals.

In addition, 24209 minor surgeries were also performed in these health facilities under Kashmir Health Services Directorate.

On the maternity front, a total of 4,656 deliveries were carried out in these hospitals, which helped ease the burden on Lal Ded Tertiary Care Maternity Hospital, which otherwise remained overburdened by the influx of patients from across Kashmir division.

Likewise, when it comes to essential diagnostic tests, 771,146 lab tests, 29,876 USGs, 64,272 X-rays, 37,087 ECGs were performed in the past seven months.

Spokesperson for the Kashmir Health Services Directorate, Dr. Mir Mushtaq said that over the past two years, the burden of health care in the valley has been borne by the government sector itself. even and very small by the private sector, which was not the case before.

“This was possible thanks to the massive facelift in terms of manpower, machinery and infrastructure in healthcare facilities. At the District Hospital (DH) level, we now have additional facilities. Almost every DH has a scanner, endoscopy, x-ray facility, x-ray, ultrasound and other facilities which have led to drastic changes in the numbers,” he said.

Asked about figures from previous years regarding the number of people receiving health services, Dr. Mir Mushtaq said that they do not have exact figures from previous years, but the figures are much lower than the current figures.

“These figures of 14 lakh are only for the last seven months. That’s huge,” he added.

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