21 nursing schools to be functional by 2020-21 in JK: H&ME Deptt

SRINAGAR, JULY 08 : The Department of Health and Medical Education today informed that 21 centrally-sponsored Auxiliary Nursing & Midwifery and General Nursing & Midwifery Schools shall be made functional by 2020-21 in the State.

The Schools have been sanctioned by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the centrally sponsored ‘Strengthening of Nursing Services’ scheme for the J&K State in two phases and, so far, released grants in installments to the tune of Rs. 101.20 crore, a statement of the Department said.

During Phase-I, six ANM schools viz ANM School at Kishtwar, Reasi, Ramban, Bandipora, Budgam and Shopian and five GNM schools at Akhnoor, Udhampur, Pulwama, Kargil and Kulgam were taken up for execution for which the Union Ministry released necessary funds for the purpose and the same have been completed.

“Subsequently, regular staff was also appointed for all the 11 ANM/ GNM schools including the posts of Principal.

“Now, advertisement notice for admission of 1st batch of students has been issued for ANM School Budgam while as 1st batch of students is being started at ANM School Shopian. Similarly, academic sessions will begin shortly at ANM School Ramban and GNM School Udhampur and Kargil,” the statement said.

Under Phase-II, 10 additional ANM/GNM Schools have also been sanctioned in the State at Bhaderwah, Billawar, Thanamandi, Surankote, Anantnag, Kokernag, Kathua, Doda, Rajouri and Ganderbal.

“Work on these 10 schools is going on and the projects are likely to be completed during the next financial year. However, two ANM Schools viz. ANM School Anantnag and ANM School Kokernag shall also be made functional on internal arrangement basis during the current year,” the statement added.

Rabies vaccine shortage, Hospital officials blame higher authorities
SRINAGAR, JULY 08 : Government hospitals in Kupwara district are facing acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccines (ARV), due to which common people suffer; government officials blame higher authorities for not supplying appropriate stock.

BMO Dr Zafar Ah said that government hospitals are acute short of anti-rabies vaccines due to poor supply of stock. He said in recent time the dog bitten cases have increased, but the supply of anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) is not enough as per requirement.

“The government hospitals are running acute shortage of ARVs, because of poor supply, though we have requested higher authorities but nothing happen,” Dr Zafar said, adding that, “dog bite cases have increased in recent times, but government authorities at higher level are not doing enough to meet the demand and at lower level we have to face the public anger.”

On this grim situation when our district correspondent Firdous Kirmani talked with Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg he accepted that there is shortage of ARVs in district and said that he has already conveyed Principal Secretary about this problem.
“Actually there is valley wide shortage of anti-rabies vaccines, but I have already conveyed to Principal Secretary regarding the situation and we are monitoring it,” DC Kupwara Anshul Garg said.

It is pertinent mention here that Kupwara is a north Kashmir’s border area district having road distance of above 100 kms away from summer capital Srinagar. While facing other hardships people from this area are forced to move towards Srinagar for common health problems as the district lacks any basic full-fledged government or private health center.

People from this area have appealed Governor to visit this forgotten area and took the stock of situation

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