September 8, 2020

Director ISM reviews functioning of AYUSH sector in JK

GAMC Aknoor campus nearing completion; sites identified for Ayush hospitals, ISM institutes

Jammu : Director, Indian Systems of Medicine J&K, Dr Mohan Singh held series of online meetings with District Officers, to review the functioning of ISM Department and the implementation of central ad UT level AYUSH schemes across twenty districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The implementation of schemes like National AYUSH Mission, NABARD, Establishment of AYUSH Health & Wellness centres (HWCs), alongwith the physical & financial progress made under various heads (Plan/Non-Plan/, National AYUSH Mission) besides assessment of work done for preventive measures to tackle COVID-19 pandemic through AYUSH interventions were thoroughly deliberated with all District Officers.
The Director advised to expedite the works on Four Fifty Bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospitals approved by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India being established at Kathua, Kishtwar, Kupwara and Kulgam for which funds stand released to the executing agencies. He informed that three more Integrated AYUSH Hospitals have been approved by Ministry of AYUSH to be established at Bandipora, Anantnag and Samba. Director reviewed the progress of 94 AYUSH Health & Wellness centres which have been established in J&K by upgrading the existing ISM Institutions, under National AYUSH Mission to provide comprehensive Primary Health Care, through AYUSH principles and practices. He further advised all the district officers to identify out of the existing ISM Dispensaries 100 more AYUSH Health & Wellness centres which have been approved by Ministry of AYUSH for establishment during current financial year. Director ISM informed that under National AYUSH Mission, 90 contractual staff of various categories viz Ayurvedic & Unani Specialists, Medical Officers, paramedical staff, fourth class have been hired and UT level Program Management Unit has also been established. He further advised to all District officers for expediting establishment of District program Management units which are envisaged to be established in all the Districts to strengthen the AYUSH District Management. All District Officers informed that the process of establishing District AYUSH Societies in all Districts of J&K is under progress.
The Director directed District officer Doda to religiously follow up the works on the prestigious Institute of High Altitude of Medicinal Plants, a National level Institute being established at Bhaderwah. He said work has already been started and funds stand released to the Executing agency for construction of District Collection Centre (District Marketing Mandi), Drying shed and Storage Godown of Medicinal Plants.
Apart from that a Model Nursery to generate Quality planting material of High Altitude Medicinal Plants, Seed Germplasm Centre of Medicinal Plants and a Demonstration Plot in the premises of the Institute will be established by Directorate of ISM, in collaboration with SKUAST-Jammu.
The planning section of Directorate of ISM informed that 271 Kanal of land has been transferred/Identified for establishing various AYUSH Institutes, AYUSH Hospitals, ISM Dispensaries, Institute of High Altitude Medicinal plants, Homeopathic Medical College at Kathua & Establishment of office of ADMO’s and District ISM Drug store at Udhampur and Kathua.
Nodal Officers Government Ayurvedic Medical College informed that the construction work in the Government Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital at Akhnoor Jammu is at the final stage of completion. The OPD services at Akhnoor have already been started. The college which is right now functioning at the makeshift arrangement at Govt Ayurvedic Hospital, Jammu is imparting Ayurvedic Medical education to students selected through NEET/BOPEE. Director ISM directed the concerned for shifting of the college and Hospital to Akhnoor as early as possible. Nodal Officer Govt Unani Medical College and Hospital Ganderbal informed that the College is at the final stages of completion. The prerequisites for starting the 1st batch of BUMS Course at Govt. Unani Medical College cum Hospital at Ganderbal have already been completed and submitted to Ministry of AYUSH, GoI and the first batch of students are likely to be admitted during the current year. The OPD services in the College cum Hospital Campus at Ganderbal has also been operationalized.
Nine lakh beneficiaries viz frontline workers, senior citizens and General Public have been provided AYUSH Immunity boosting Medicine for preventive measures during COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the Advisories issued by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
Dr Mohan Singh, Director ISM, J&K while deliberating all the important issues regarding the functioning of AYUSH sector in J&K appreciated the work done by District AYUSH Officers Kathua, Poonch and Kishtwar in Jammu Division and Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, and Bandipora in Kashmir Division for smooth implementation of AYUSH schemes and utilization of funds under different heads. He advised all the District officers of ISM, to keep a close liaison with District Administration, for registration of District AYUSH Societies and for any minor repairs/renovations of ISM Institutions under district plan, wherever required. He took a serious note on under utilization of funds in some districts and directed the concerned District officers to submit the Utilization Certificates under all heads till 15th Sep 2020, besides completing all pending works in Health & wellness centres of the District. He further directed for submision of proposal for rationalization of staff if required to make Health & Wellness Centres fully operational. He also directed the District Officers to submit, Physical verification report of all Institutions, Status of RTIs and Court Cases, Status of Manpower and vacancies, identification of land for rented ISM Dispensaries and preparation of DPRs for construction works wherever land is identified. Deputy Director, ISM /Kashmir, Assistant Directors (HQ), and other concerned Officers/officials attended the meetings.

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