Director ISM reviews functioning of AYUSH sector in Kashmir Division

Srinagar, October 26: Director, Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) J&K, Dr Mohan Singh today conducted an extensive tour to all the districts of Kashmir Division for evaluating, reviewing and monitoring the implementation of all the AYUSH schemes at Central and UT level of all the Districts.

He also chaired a meeting with all the District Officers, Medical Officers and other AYUSH officials of the districts and thoroughly deliberated on the implementation of schemes like National AYUSH Mission, NABARD, establishment of AYUSH Health & Wellness centres (HWCs), alongwith the physical & financial progress made under various heads (Plan/Non-Plan/, National AYUSH Mission), identification/transfer of land, besides assessment of work done for preventive measures and clinical management protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for the management of COVID-19 through AYUSH interventions.

The Director instructed the concerned to expedite the works on 02 Fifty Bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospitals approved by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India being established at Kupwara and Kulgam for which funds stand released to the executing agencies.

He informed that three more Integrated AYUSH Hospitals have been approved by the Ministry of AYUSH to be established at Bandipora, Anantnag and Samba.

Singh directed the CHOs of AYUSH Health & WCs to keep a close laision with the Allopathic officers so that the services of ASHAs and ANMs are properly utilized to carry out the requisite functions of AYUSH H&WCs.

He also directed the CHOs to identify the space for lab services (Diagnostics area) and Yoga centres in their respective AYUSH H&WCs or in the area of operation besides he informed that Yoga experts will shortly be deputed to all AYUSH H&WCs.

He further directed the CHOs for proper installation of IT and Diagnostic equipment in their respective H&WCs and stressed on installing electric and drinking water connections along with construction of compound wall/chain link fencing in all AYUSH H&WCS. The Director advised all the District Officers to identify out of the existing ISM Dispensaries 100 more AYUSH Health & Wellness centres which stand approved by Ministry of AYUSH for establishment during current financial year.

He further advised to all the District Officers for expediting prerequisite for establishment of District Program Management units envisaged to be established in all the districts to strengthen the AYUSH District Management.

All District Officers informed that the process of establishing District AYUSH Societies in all the Districts of J&K is under progress.

The Director informed that more than 300 Kanals of land have been identified/transferred to the Department of ISM in J&K including District Bandipora, Kupwara, Kulgam and Ganderbal and added that this land will be utilized for construction of 50 bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospitals establishment of Medicinal Plant Nurseries as well as herbal gardens, construction of ISM dispensaries, establishment of District AYUSH offices & Stores etc.

He directed the District Officers to identify land in their respective districts so that 50 bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospitals are established in a phased manner in all the Districts.

On the role of ISM during COVID-19 pandemic, the Director informed that more than one million beneficiaries viz frontline workers, senior citizens and general public have been provided AYUSH Immunity boosting Medicines for preventive measures during COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the Advisories issued by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India besides AYUSH doctors have rendered duties in quarantine centres, COVID Hospitals and screening/contact tracing of COVID patients.

He advised all the District officers of ISM, to keep a close liaison with District Administration, for registration of District AYUSH Societies and for any minor repairs/renovations of ISM Institutions under district plan, wherever required.

The Director on his visit to Govt Unani Medical College and Hospital, Ganderbal informed that the College is at the final stages of completion and added that the prerequisites for starting the 1st batch of BUMS Course here have already been completed and submitted to Ministry of AYUSH, GoI.

He informed that the OPD services in the College cum Hospital Campus at Ganderbal have already been operationalized.