Srinagar, Aug 04: A day-long medical conclave to synergize the efforts of Health Services in Kashmir Valley with an aim to achieve “Health for All” was conducted on 04 Aug 2018 at the Badami Bagh(BB) Cantonment Headquarters of the Chinar Corps.
The conclave, which was conceptualised by Brig SK Jha, Brig Medical, Chinar Corps under the guidance of Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps was attended by Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan, Med Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Rafi Arshad, Principal & Secretary, RIHFW and Specialist Doctors from the Army and various Government and Private hospitals who exchanged ideas to provide best possible quality health care facility to the populace Including those living in for flung areas of the Kashmir Valley.
Currently, there is no common civil-military approach mechanism in for the medical fraternity place in the Valley, capable of providing overall holistic guidance to develop a local civil and military health care system. The conclave with the guiding principle of World Health Day’s theme for the year 2018-19 i.e. “Universal Health Coverage : every one every were” i.e. all should enjoy highest standards of health regardless of race, religion, political belief, economic & social condition, urban or rural area deliberated on providing a comprehensive and a holistic health care to the citizens of Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps said that health care has emerged as one of the most challenging functions in the Kashmir valley and complimented the medical fraternity for tirelessly working to provide quality health care to the Awam in the remotest corners of Kashmir division in varied geographical dispersion, hilly terrain, extremes of weather conditions and the prevailing security scenario in the Valley. While the Armed forces have always offered service to the local populace through its various units in the form of Medical Camps under the aegis of Sadhbhavana, fixed medical centres, Mobile Medical Teams, etc, it should be our endeavour to ensure that the common man is not deprived of medicare under any circumstance, the GOC said.
Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps further highlighted the importance of adopting various strategies to coordinate reactions to disaster and needs created by conflict based on the basic strategy of :-
Co-existence: operating in same area with limited interaction and defined spaces, Co-operation: common goal and agreed strategy, Collaboration: Sharing of resources.
The medical resources in the valley including specialisation being finite and spread out in difference and inhospitable locations, it was felt that there is a need to coordinate and augment the medical resources in the valley to ensure “health for all”. Towards this, initiative has been taken to create this platform for premier institutions and organization to discuss and deliberate upon various issues that affect the health scenario, which is centric to Kashmir valley, culminating in synergising the efforts of government and private health care sectors.
Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan complimented Brig SK Jha and his team of Medical Officers for this unique initiative and thanked Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC, Chinar Corps for providing a platform to the doctors to interact and share their problems and develop a concept and doctrine for “Health for all everyone and everywhere” so that the military – civil medical capabilities can be augmented for the common goal of medicating to all. (KNB)