129 Health and Wellness centers set to open by March 24

Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha
Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Friday said that the government is all set to make 129 Health and Wellness centers operational by March 24.

According to the news agency KNO, Sinha said, “By next year in March, 129 Health and Wellness centers will be made operational.”

The LG also said that under the Centrally-sponsored scheme, 17 new Ayush dispensaries have been made operational and from the ongoing fiscal, 17 more dispensaries will be made functional.

Sinha said, “In five districts of Jammu and Kashmir including Kulgam, Kuthua, Kupwara, Kishtwar and Samba, we are establishing 50-bedded integrated Ayush hospitals each.”

“From 2020 after the outbreak of COVID-19, at least half of the population of Jammu and Kashmir have been given Ayush immunity booster and support medicines,” he said.

Speaking about the recent Y20 event meets at University of Kashmir, Sinha said, “After a long time or I can say that for the first time, University of Kashmir (KU) has got a chance to hold an international event in which people of Kashmir took part by leaps and bounds.”

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The LG said that the Y20 was a grand success and has become the talk of the town not only in India but in other countries too. “As such it was a meeting of the tourism working group and the main event will be held in Goa,” he said.

Sinha also said, “In terms of participation, I will say that Srinagar participated most in the Y20 meet.”

He appreciated the Vice Chancellor of KU, it’s faculty and students for preparing the ground to make this grand event successful.

“Yesterday, ‘World Milk Day’ was celebrated in India. You will be happy to know that the Government of India (GoI) has decided to commence it in Srinagar,” Sinha said.

The LG informed that ministers of 16 states of India were here in Kashmir. “I believe that whenever we are holding such big events here, people feel of having more faith and trust in the government,” he said.

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Speaking about the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission which was started here, Sinha said, “It is my pleasure to say that Jammu and Kashmir from antiquity has remained the center of the health sector of Ayurveda and from the ancient times, we had an Ayurvedic and Unani hospitals.”

He said that in order to strengthen the Ayurveda medicals, the Health and Medical Education department has worked hard and started Government Ayurvedic Medical College in Akhnoor and Hospital with an intake capacity of 35 seats for the learners.

“Similarly, a Government Unani Medical College and Hospital was established in Ganderbal wherein besides treating the patients, it will produce 60 doctors annually,” Sinha said.

The LG also said that the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir has achieved milestones. “Last year, nearly 1.8 crore tourists visited Kashmir. I have already stated that during the G-20 presidency, Jammu and Kashmir is making its place in global tourism.”

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