Social Welfare deptt inks pact with health institutes

To provide better healthcare facilities to children


Srinagar, Mar 25: To provide proper healthcare facilities to children at government run homes, the Social Welfare department has entered into a pact with various health institutes of the Valley.
Officials at the Social Welfare Department said that they have tied up with Government Medical College Srinagar, Dental College Srinagar and are in liaison with CMO Srinagar for providing treatment to these children.
Director Social Welfare Kashmir Bashir Ahmed Bhat said the Chief Medical Officer Srinagar has made medicine kits available at these Homes for catering to first aid facility of inmates on the instructions of District Development Commissioner Srinagar.
Besides he said the medical officer ICDS Srinagar will carry out fortnightly check- ups of the inmates.
Department of Social Welfare is running Homes for orphan, destitute children-boys and girls separately up to the age of 16 years. These Homes are called Markazi Falai Itifal (MFI) and Markazi Falai Mastoorat (MFM) respectively.
The department provides many facilities at these homes like educational, boarding and lodging. Presently, there are 55 boys and 25 girls in these centers, officials said.
Regarding educational facilities, the inmates have been enrolled in nearby Government run schools where proper educational facility is provided to them.
“The Department caters to their exam fees, books, stationery. Private tutors have been engaged in the both the Homes for enhancing the educational capabilities of the inmates. Computers have been provided to the Homes and basic computer knowledge is also imparted to the children. Most of the children are showing good performance,” Bhat said.
Officials also said that enhancement in dietary scale is under the consideration of the government. Presently the children at these homes are provided only Rs 50 per day.
In order to further upgrade the facilities available to the inmates, Bhat said he has already constituted a committee of officers to suggest measures for up gradation of the facilities to inmates in these homes which are under consideration of the government.
“The recommendations include various short and long term measures, enhancement in dietary scale, provision of vehicle to homes, development of sports parks, enhancement in remuneration of private tutors,” officials said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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