Most district hospitals lack power backup system
The Health and Medical Education Department has submitted a comprehensive proposal demanding Rs 367 crore funding from the World Bank to reform the healthcare sector in Jammu Kashmir, officials said.
The proposal has been prepared with an objective of providing the state-of-art healthcare facilities including the intensive care units, operation theatres, laboratories, procurement of critical care ambulances, and power bank in the district hospitals.
Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo said a comprehensive proposal was formulated amounting to Rs 367 crore which has been submitted for funding from the World Bank.
He said the proposal includes strengthening of COVID-19 hospitals, the machinery and equipment like high-flow oxygen devices, modular monitors, neubulizers, oxygen concentrators, infusion pumps, colour droplet machines.
The proposal also includes four 128 Slice CT Scan machines for newly-established medical colleges at Rajouri and Kathua, SDH Sopore and District Hospital Reasi.
For strengthening the ICUs in district hospitals including the associated hospitals of the new GMCs, equipment like Portable ECG machines, Cardiac Monitors, ABG Analyzers, X-ray machines, and HemoDialysis machines have been proposed with the total financial implication of Rs 17 crore.
To strengthen operation theatres in all district hospitals including five associated hospitals of the new GMCs, the machinery and equipment like Operation Table Hydraulic (Major and Minor), OT Lights, Autoclaves, Sterilizers, Diathermy Machines, Ultrasonic cutting and Coagulation devices, Anesthesia Workstations, and Surgery Instrument Sets have been proposed with the financial implication of Rs 110.11 crore.
Strengthening of Laboratory Services in all the district hospitals and five associated hospitals of the new GMCs have been proposed with the installation of machinery and equipment like Fully Automated Biochemistry Auto-Analyzer, Water Purification System, Bio-Safety Cabinets, Histopathology Equipment, Blood Component Separators, Deep Freezers, and Haematology Analyzer with 22 parameters with a financial implication of Rs 81.44 crore.
As per the officials, most of the district hospitals have no power backup system due to lack of which patients have to face trouble, especially in the winter months.
The power backup system in districts hospitals and some sub-district hospitals has been proposed with the installation of power back up high capacity Electronic Oscillator system 3-phase 50 KVA, at the cost of Rs 15 crore.
The proposal mentions procurement of 60 Critical Care Ambulances proposed at the cost of Rs 22.59 crore.
These ambulances would become part of 108 Ambulance Service already functional in J&K.
Establishment of Manifold and Gas Pipelines System has been proposed in 15 CHCs each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, with higher patient load and where such facilities are not available.
The total financial implication for setting up these services is Rs 60 crore.