Srinagar, Dec 7: The dismal condition of the health institutions in Jammu and Kashmir has become a cause of concern for the present regime.
Sources told Precious Kashmir that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken a serious note about the deterioration of the health sector and she has started personally monitoring the developments. “Chief Minister’s recent visit to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu has opened a Pandora’s box as she found the entire system in disarray,” said a source.
Insiders revealed that Chief Minister has already conveyed her displeasure to Bharatiya Janata Party over this vital department being ignored. “A few PDP leaders have even suggested that Health ministry should be taken back from the BJP as this vital sector is suffering due to lack of proper management,” they added.
In a significant development Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday directed the SK Institute of Medical Sciences to take control of 15 health centers in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. She ordered SKIMS to take over community health center at Sumbal, Bandipora and its 14 affiliated health centers to “end dual control over functioning of these institutions.”
A government spokesman said that this was done as a follow up to decisions taken at the Chief Minister’s recent public outreach programmes in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts.
A source said that handing over 15 institutions to SKIMS is just a beginning in coming days there could be many surprises in store as the Chief Minister is keen to see that people get proper health facilities in the state so that they don’t have to rush outside the state for the treatment. “Another factor which is bothering the state government is that poor state of healthcare is maligning the image of the government,” he added.
An insider revealed a few BJP leaders and ministers have taken a strong note about PDP reprimanding the saffron party leaders for the poor show. “These leaders are mulling to approach the party’s central leadership to ask the PDP to stay away from the ministries which are held by the BJP,” the insider added.
He said, “A few BJP leaders are of the opinion that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a free hand to the Chief Minister on governance front. They (BJP leaders) have advised their ministers to plug in the loop holes and concentrate on the governance related issues rather than taking cajoles with the PDP on the issues which touch common man’s skin.”