Lt Guv hands over ex-gratia cheque to NoKs of NHM employee
JAMMU: The J&K Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Wednesday handed over an ex-gratia cheque of Rs 10 lakhs to NoKs of each deceased National Health Mission employee.
The LG expressed his deepest gratitude to the families and healthcare workers of National Health Mission for their dedication and commitment to serve the people.
Paying homage to the deceased employees of NHM, the J&K LG said that financial aid cannot compensate for their selfless service and sacrifice.
“However, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure their family members live a life of respect and dignity,” he said.
He said that the spirit of selfless service, sacrifice and compassion with which these health workers, doctors, para-medics have served the people during Covid pandemic and vaccination drive was truly inspirational.
Speaking on the reforms introduced to strengthen the healthcare system, the LG said that J&K’s health sector has gone through a sea change under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said the sector ensures high-quality affordable, accessible healthcare for all.
“Continuous efforts are being made to remove the regional imbalance which existed earlier in the field of health care. J&K is performing better than the national average on several parameters,” he said, adding that the health indicators exemplify our efforts to ensure the well being of the common citizens.
“In our journey to achieve Quality & Accessible Healthcare, we have taken special care to make our health services effective, people-centered and equitable,” the J&K LG said.
He said that improved health infrastructure, expansive network of health & wellness centres, substantial increase in MBBS seats, universal health coverage, ambulance services, mobile clinics, besides decentralization of medical facilities have ensured expansion of health services in remote and far-flung areas.
“Several reforms were undertaken to implement the system of ‘Any Treatment, Anywhere, Anytime’. The ‘e-SAHAJ’ initiative entails online appointments from doctors, and digitization of patient’s medical records. As many as 575 health facilities are covered under this initiative,” the LG said.
He said that the J&K administration was spending Rs 2 crore everyday on the treatment of common people and 97 percent of our population has insurance cover.
“SEHAT Golden cards have been provided to 80 lakh citizens, with 28,000 hospitals extending treatment facilities to them across the country,” he said.
The LG said that dialysis facilities have been made available in all the districts. “Geriatric and Pediatric wards have been established in all district hospitals,” he added.
Administrative Secretary Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department Bhupinder Kumar informed that J&K Contributory Corpus Funds was started by J&K Government under the directions of the Lt Governor.
“The NHM employees are provided financial assistance on account of disability or death, he said.
It was informed that a total of 34 families of deceased NHM employees were provided an ex-gratia of Rs 10 Lakh each.
Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM) J&K Sanjeev Gadkar assured every possible support of the department for the welfare of families of the deceased employees.