Mantri flays ‘criticism’ of health sector

Sham Lal Ko Gussa Kyun Ata Hai!


Srinagar, Nov 7: Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma took a section of media and civil society head-on for criticizing the award conferred on the health sector Jammu and Kashmir, saying “the sector has been misrepresented for some years but things are improving every passing day.”
 “Our state is known for hearsays, rumors and criticism have been rife for the past 20 years. Same is true with the health sector. Some media people and civil society members are taking lead in criticizing us. Let me tell them that we are improving with every passing day and the award was given to us for being first among the improving states in primary and secondary healthcare,” Sharma said, addressing a felicitation ceremony organized by the Drug and Food Control Organization Kashmir.
 Sharma said the state’s health sector has been showing an increasing trend without getting any additional budget from the Union Health Ministry. “In J&K 96 percent population is dependent upon public sector health institutions and we are catering them every year without any additional allocations from the Union Health Ministry,” he said.
 The minister said that others states were trying hard to get the award using all their resources but they failed to get it”. “Despite starting new schemes like the free distribution of medicines to patients, other states were unable to attain this feat. So we must rejoice this moment,” he said.
 Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said that the change in leadership puts us on the high pedestal. “India Today has honestly gathered the data from the field without getting influenced by anyone. The figures support it. So we should celebrate this moment and try to work with more dedication,” he said.
 Besides others, Controller Drug and Food Control Organization, Satish Gupta, Director Horticulture, Muhammad Salim, Director Indian System of Medicine-Dr Abdul Kabir, Director Floriculture-Sunil Mishri and Deputy Drug Controller, Nazir Ahmad Wani were also present at the felicitation ceremony. Representatives of the Chemists and Druggists Association also took part in the ceremony.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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