Jammu: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir had made significant progress towards achieving 100 percent coverage in immunisation of children as per the National Immunisation Schedule and asked the department to launch a campaign reaching out to the people with an aim to cover all left out children within a period of three to four months.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the Health and Medical Education Department and taking stock of the physical and financial targets achieved this financial year, Mehta said that considering 94 percent of births in J&K were institutional births, the department should explore to make immunisation record of each child digitally available, which could be extracted to an application like DigiLocker.
Regarding the centrally-sponsored schemes, the chief secretary asked the concerned Directors of Health Services to ensure that the payments under all schemes were made directly into the Aadhar-linked bank accounts of the end beneficiaries without any delay and backlog, if any, needed to be immediately addressed. Mehta directed the concerned to ensure 100 percent saturation of Golden Cards under the Universal Health Insurance.
Reviewing the status of the new medical colleges, the chief secretary directed that all medical colleges should be made fully functional by the end of March 2022. He asked the department to ensure that any issue related to infrastructure, equipment, or manpower was addressed by that time.
Discussing the Emergency Covid-19 Response Package (ECRP), the chief secretary directed the principals of all medical colleges and Director Health Services to ensure that the status report with respect to medical equipment like ventilators, beds, human resource, oxygen plants, and Liquid Medical Oxygen was made available to the concerned authorities within a day so that any issue identified was addressed or an alternate arrangement was made in time to cater to any emergent situation.
He said that the level of healthcare made available to the people should be at par with cities like Mumbai and Chandigarh so that no individual should be compelled to travel to cities outside J&K to avail specialised healthcare. Mehta said that the hospitals need to have a proper referral system in place, indicating the name of the doctor referring the case, to curb avoidable referrals.