AJK govt kicks off plan worth Rs 900 million for modern medical facilities
13 October 2007
The Daily Times
Mirpur: The AJK government has kicked off an integrated Rs 900 million plan to extend modern medical facilities to people of AJK, particularly those who are living in remote areas, official sources said on Saturday. They said population of urban and rural areas of AJK would benefit from the plan, including dwellers of the remote terrain. The official sources said the state government had fixed the priorities for provision of healthcare to people across AJK, especially in quake- affected areas. The plan also includes establishment of modern cardiology and dialysis centres in Bhimbher, Sudanoti, Bagh and Rawalakot with the assistance of various UK based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) being run by the Kashmiri expatriates, they added. Modern cardiology and dialysis centres worth fully equipped with surgical instruments have already been set up in Mirpur with the cooperation of the local philanthropists. Rs 40 million were spent on establishment of the centres, they said, adding that the doctors and paramedical staff in AJK were being provided facilities, including attractive salaries, promotions and other benefits to raise their performance according to expectations of patients. The Health Department has emerged as the second biggest state-run organisation after the Education Department in AJK, following its massive enlargement.