Riyaz Ul Khaliq
Jammu and Kashmir Government is adopting a major policy shift in Health sector.
Responding to discussion on grants to his ministry, Health Minister Bali Bhagat Monday said that under the new policy, government will be providing free medicines to patients. “The medicine which we are procuring will be packed in blue colour, liquid as well as tablets,” he told the house, “anyone, individual or chemist, found in possession of such medicine will be penalised.”
He said that the medicine will be “coming in a month or so” and “the policy is being implemented from this month only”.
Bali said that he and his team or working to “make environment favourable for patients in hospitals”. “We are banning cigarettes and other alcoholic items inside hospitals.”
On the occasion, the minister revealed that on his visit to a hospital, he found a liquor bottle in its washroom. “See the situation,” he said.
Asserting that health ministry is focusing on hygiene and sanitation of hospitals, Bali said, “we are introducing colour coding in bed sheets. The coloured beds sheets will be used on alternate days.” “At home, we take boiled water but in hospitals, we use water for drinking from washrooms,” he said, “this is the prevailing system and we will be changing it on war footing.”
Bali maintained that to improve the condition of hospitals, his ministry will be allowing photographers inside the hospitals. “It is an age of Social networking sites…minister can’t go everywhere…WtsApp me the picture if you find any problem and action will be taken,” he said.
Soon, he added, Public Addressing Systems will be installed in the hospitals. “This will help in easing the system; sometimes children get lost or some other issues crop which are of public importance,” he said.
Seeking support from lawmakers from across political divide, he said, “my ministry was restricted to transfers but we are not doing that.” “If a doctor from Gurez will not serve his/her area then where shall he go?”
“Despite the fact that we shall not bear humiliation of our officers,” Bali said, “there will be rationalized transfers but I expect that no lawmaker comes with a favour to me.”