In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the 150-bed Ujala Cygnus Kashmir Superspeciality Hospital in Nowgam yesterday.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor said that the new state-of-the-art Hospital, equipped with all the advanced medical facilities, will strengthen the government’s efforts of ensuring quality healthcare services to the people of J&K besides generating employment opportunities for the locals.

Mr Sinha observed that to protect the health of citizens is the foremost responsibility of the administration. He said, the UT Government is partnering with renowned healthcare companies, bringing private players on board and facilitating all such efforts to bridge the health gap for extending affordable & accessible healthcare facilities for all segments of society.

Highlighting the major strides made in the healthcare ecosystem the Lt Governor said, J&K, once struggling to cater to the healthcare needs of the people is now emerging as one of the leading States/UTs in various health parameters. He said, even after 67 years of Independence,

there were only three medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir. 

However, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seven new medical colleges have been established in the Union  Territory in just eight years. He maintained that J&K has the unique distinction of being the first UT of the country with two AIIMS.

The Lt Governor said, the Prime Minister launched the Ayushman Bharat-SEHAT Scheme in December 2020, extending health insurance of five lakh rupees per family to every citizen without any discrimination. He added that before 2019, there were only 129 health and wellness centres across Jammu and Kashmir and as many as 1275 new health and wellness centres have been set up in two years.

The Lieutenant Governor noted that within a year, 22 proposals worth four thousand four hundred crore rupees have been approved for developing Medicity in Jammu and Kashmir, which will create additional 1000 MBBS seats, and add thousands of beds for patients in health facilities besides providing large employment opportunities to medical professionals.

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