<br>This statistics shows that healthcare is one aggressively pursued priority of the government.During the last 3 years, milestones to achieve the objective of making J&K healthcare one of the best in the country are visible on the ground.Setting up of two AIIMS, one for Jammu and the other for the Valley, five additional medical colleges, five new colleges for training nurses and paramedics, 1,000 new healthcare and wellness centres are the imprints of state healthcare policy.Seats in the medical colleges have gone up by 100 per cent.To address the shortage of doctors, 500 additional MBBS seats have been added this year and their number has now been doubled in government medical colleges out of which 85 seats are reserved for financially weaker sections.To overcome shortage of PG doctors and prepare specialists at that level, health department has started diploma of national board course in new and old medical colleges.On up gradation of health infrastructure, new medical colleges have been upgraded by attaching them to district hospitals which are being equipped with all facilities.All present 300-bedded hospitals will be up graded to 500 beds.This year, two new 500-bedded COVID hospitals have been set up, in Jammu and Valley, for which 1,366 new recruitments of doctors, nurses, paramedics, technical staff etc have been made.The result of all these giant strides has been that Neonatal mortality rate has come down from 23 per cent to 13.3 per 1000 in last 3 years. Infant mortality rate has fallen from 32.4 to 16.3 per 1,000 during this period.Sex ratio has increased from 923 to 976 per 1,000, institutional deliveries have increased from 7 to 92.4 per cent.PMJAY-SEHAT launched by the Prime Minister is covering 100% population without discrimination.To promote Ayush care services, two Ayush colleges, Unani and Ayurvedic colleges have been started. Facilities of Ayush have also been provided at 571 standalone dispensaries.J&K received Rs 881 crore for 140 health projects under PMDP during 2020-2021 which have been completed.In addition to this, World Bank assistance of Rs 367 crore to improve healthcare institutions was also received.There is an ambitious proposal to set up two medicities in Jammu and Srinagar.Towards the realisation of this objective, Global investment proposals worth Rs 3225-3325 crore in health care and medical education have been received."Virinchi healthcare Private Limited proposal of Rs 200 crore for 500 bedded hospital, another proposal worth Rs 2,200 crore from HP Kapital limited for setting up Hitech medical university with 350 bedded hospital and 700 bedded student accommodation, one each in Jammu division and the Valley with employment generation for 6,000 people, are some of the proposals on which final decision is being taken," said senior officials in the health and medical education department.The face of healthcare is changing fast. It might not be an exaggeration to say that in a couple of years J&K would become one of the most sought after affordable healthcare destinations in the country.--IANS<br>sq/in
New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) A massive fire broke out at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday night, following which 22 fire tenders were rushed to douse the blaze, fire officials said.A fire official said that a call was received at 10.32 p.m. reporting a fire at the ninth floor of the hospital block near gate number two."Twenty two fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the flames," the official said.Asked about the cause of the blaze, the official said it is too early to assess the reason.--IANSaks/vd
New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) As the second wave of Covid seems to have been brought under control in the last few days with a sharp dip in new cases across the country and several states gradually lifting lockdowns, AIIMS Director, Dr Randeep Guleria, on Tuesday stressed that human behaviour would be crucial to break spread of infection in any subsequent wave.Guleria, who, along with Union Health Ministry officials, was briefing the press on the Covid-19 situation, said that the number of cases have declined because of strict lockdowns, but also noted that while the restrictions helped in lowering infections, it does not mean that Covid-19 has gone away."But, once the restrictions are lifted, people think Covid has ended now and their behaviour towards Covid-19 will change all of sudden. People stop wearing masks, and maintain social distancing or other Covid appropriate behaviour, which pave the way for a subsequent wave. Hence, people's behaviour is crucial to fight against Covid pandemic, otherwise it will invite another wave," he added.Explaining why one Covid wave is followed by a subsequent wave, he said Covid-19 is a respiratory virus and comes in multiple waves. "Coronavirus is a respiratory virus like influenza and it is well-known fact that when there is pandemic, respiratory virus comes in multiple waves until its transmission chain is completely broken. We have seen that during Spanish flu during 1918 and H1N1 in 2009 (Swine flu pandemic), multiple waves were seen."On whether the third possible Covid wave would be more serious for children, Guleria said: "As of now, there is no such evidence which can prove that the next wave will be more serious for children. If we see the second wave's data, it emerged that up to 60-70 children were admitted in hospitals, their immunity was very low or they were suffering with some other infections also. "But, those children were healthy, they have recovered fast and even in home isolation. So as of now, we cannot say that the third wave would be more serious for children." --IANSpd/vd
Jammu, June 14 (IANS) Covid positivity rate in Jammu district has dropped to 1 per cent, while its recovery rate has touched 95 per cent, Deputy Commissioner Anshul Garg said at a press briefing on Monday.Garg said that recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases in the district, while the bed occupancy too has reduced in the Government Medical College (GMC).Regarding vaccination, he informed that five sites have been designated for administering the second dose, while three sites have beem made available for the first dose.Urging the people to book their slot online and get vaccinated, Garg said that a total of 6.65 lakh people have been inoculated with the first dose of the vaccine in the district, including 3.7 lakh in the 45+ age group and more than 76,000 in the 18-44 age group.The Deputy Commissioner said that under the Covid survey SAKSHAM, 70 families have been identified so far, out of which 47 families have been verified, who will be provided with pension/scholarship under the scheme.Garg said that to provide continuous services to the people at their door steps, the district administration has launched four new online services, including certificates for SC/ST and dependants. He also informed that village level camps have been started for Sehat card enrolment and other routine services like mutations.He said that 333 Sehat cards, 300 domicile certificates and 124 mutations of inheritance have been issued since the inception of the online services.The Deputy Commissioner also informed that 20,000 construction workers have been provided assistance worth Rs 4 crore so that they can survive in the desperate times of Covid-19.--IANSzi/arm
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is learnt to have started screening of children aged 6-12 years for the clinical trials of India's first indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.
Sources said that the recruitment and clinical trials of the children aged 6-12 years will start from Tuesday. The trial on children aged 6-12 has already started at AIIMS Patna.
Participants would be given the vaccine after their screening report comes. The trial would ensure if the Bharat Biotech jab is suitable for children.
Delhi AIIMS has decided to start the trial drive after the recruitment and clinical trial for single-dose Covaxin for 12-18 age group is over.
After the recruitment of 6-12 year-old children, AIIMS Delhi will be conducting trials for the age group 2-6 years of children. The trials are taking place at 525 centres.
The screening of children for the trial of single-dose Covaxin among those aged between 2 and 18 years started at the AIIMS in New Delhi on June 7 after India's drug regulator had granted permission for conducting the Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of Covaxin in the age group 2 to 18 years on May 12.
AIIMS Patna, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute in Karnataka have also been selected to conduct clinical trials on children.
Covaxin is being used on adults in India's ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive since January 16 this year. The government last week cautioned that even though Covid-19 has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase among them if there is a change in virus behaviour or epidemiology dynamics, and said preparations are being strengthened to deal with any such situation.
A national expert group has been formed to review Covid-19 infections in children and approach the pandemic in a renewed way to strengthen the nation's preparedness, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul had said at a press conference.
"The group has examined signs which were not available four-five months before."
Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) To combat the rapid surge of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and also to prepare for the anticipated third wave of the pandemic, Army's Chinar Corps on Saturday dedicated a 50 bed facility to the people of Kashmir.The facility adds to UT government's capacity to handle coronavirus patients.The facility has been established at army's 216 Transit Camp at Batwara and was inaugurated by Mohammed Aijaz Asad, DC Srinagar.The facility has 10 ICU beds with ventilator support, 20 High Dependency Unit beds with oxygen support and 20 oxygen beds.It also has facilities such as a laboratory, radiology department and Blood Gas Analyzer for efficient management of patients. The Indian Army will provide round the clock dedicated doctors, military nurses and paramedical staff from 92 Base Hospital.Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier CG Muralidharan, HOD Medical Department, Chinar Corps assured all possible assistance by the army to the people in the valley and also to the UT administration to fight the battle against Covid-19.--IANSzi/in