DHSK sets up health centers to provide uninterrupted health services in Yatris
posted on June 11, 2022 | Author Rabiya Bashir
Srinagar, June 10: JThe Directorate of Health Services of Kashmir (DHSK) has set up health centers to provide ‘uninterrupted’ health services to Amarnath yatra pilgrims.
In this regard, the Director of Kashmir Health Services, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, recently chaired several meetings to review the preparations and arrangements for Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra.
Spokesperson for Kashmir Health Services Directorate, Dr. Mir Mushtaq told Rising Kashmir that the department has set up 24-hour health services and a control room which will provide care services advanced health services to pilgrims in the event of a medical emergency.
“We organized a meeting of the coordination committee, which was also attended by doctors from health, the army and the border security forces (BSF). We have set up committees, appointed officers as well. We have set up 55 camp facilities including 6 base hospitals where more than 1,000 healthcare workers will provide services in 3 shifts,” he said.
In addition, 11 medical aid centers, 12 emergency aid centers as well as 26 oxygen cabins and 15 en-route facilities will be set up for the yatra.
He further informed that 17 en-route facilities will be kept on standby to meet any requirement. “A staff of 739 from UT, MoH & FW will provide 155 while 437 staff will be made available from other states. The services of a total of approximately 1,500 healthcare workers from J&K and other states will be utilized to make the Yatra a success,” he said.
He said the department had trained 300 doctors and paramedics in high altitude medicine at the Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare (RIHFW) Dhobiwan for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.
To protect people’s health, DHSK has ordered a complete ban on the sale and use of tobacco products at all stations in Amarnath Yatra to perform the annual “No Tobacco” pilgrimage.
The training program was organized in collaboration with the Office of the Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Nearly 40 trained trainers have been delegated by Management on a rotational basis to give special training to staff for hassle-free management of patients during Yatra.