After the covid infections engulfed Jammu and Kashmir by its two waves, the government not only resorted to lockdowns to contain the infection but also decided to spend a lot of money to make new health infrastructure in order to cater to the rush of patients due to covid waves.
Government recently said that they are spending Rs 7,177 crore to strengthen the infrastructure of the health sector. In the last one year, 94 health projects have been completed by spending Rs 881 crore, substantially augmenting resources for citizens.
Recently Lt Governor Manoj Sinha while speaking virtually to the SKIMS faculty and other members said that the efforts of covid warriors and the steps taken by the UT administration to ramp up the capacities of health infrastructure during the two waves of Covid. oxygen generation capacity has increased manifold to 1 lakh LPM from just 14,000 LPM last year, and to deal with any emergency, Covid Care Centers have also been kept functional in 4290 Panchayats.
The efforts of the J&K government to augment the necessary arrangements and to make the facilities accessible to the patients and the common people, down to the level of Panchayats have been acknowledged in the report of NITI Aayog, observed the Lt Governor.
He expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who has transformed the health sector of Jammu and Kashmir. He observed that J&K used to have only three medical colleges but now there are seven new medical colleges, almost doubling the 600 MBBS seats to 1100 seats.