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J&K gets first NQAS certified public hospital in Baramulla’s Primary Health Centre

The Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Sheeri in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla became the first public hospital in Kashmir Division to get the National Quality Assurance Standard (NQAS) certification.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) recently accorded the NQAS certification to the PHC Sheeri for the maintenance of high standards of quality and performance by the hospital.

The locals expressed their gratitude to the government for the certificate while the Block Medical Officer assured of “maintaining the achieved success” in the future.

The health facility scored an overall rating of 83.6 per cent and met the criteria required for achieving NQAS. The certification process was facilitated by the National Health Mission, J&K.

On Monday, Block Medical Officer, Sheeri, Baramulla, Dr Nazir Ahmad said that the move by the government has boosted their confidence and they will try to get better from here on.

“We thank the government for this. It happened because of their efforts and support. This hospital was kept in the top position in the Kashmir Valley. This boosted our confidence. Now we will keep our focus on maintaining the success that we have achieved. We will try to improve from here on,” he said.

Talking about the journey of the PHC to getting the certification, Nodal officer, NQAS, PHC Sheeri, Dr Azhar Majid said that they had initially qualified at the district level and had applied for the national level, after which they were assessed by a team from outside and then accredited with the certification.

“Initially, we qualified at the district level. We had applied for the national level. Assessors from outside had visited who assessed all of our facilities and equipment and then we got the certification of this achievement,” he said.

“We were given six sections for our PHC. For example, OPD. There is an emergency room in it. Male OPD, Gyne OPD, immunisation, dental OPD, MOT, pharmacy. Our other section is the labour room. Then we have a lab section that is fully equipped. It has all the facilities,” Majid added.

A local villager, Manzoor Ahmad thanked the government for issuing the certification and also urged to upgrade the PHC for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is a matter of pride for us to have achieved this feat. At the same time, I request the government to upgrade the PHC, it will only benefit the locals here,” he said.

Another local villager Ghulam Mohd Malik said that the PHC has all the medicines that they require.

“We get the medicines here. It is a good hospital and we thank the government for it,” he said.


Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape

The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.

Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.

Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.

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A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.

The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.

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J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident

On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.

An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.

“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.


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Lt Governor unveils ‘Charkha’ at Srinagar International Airport

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today virtually unveiled a Charkha (Spinning Wheel) at the Srinagar International Airport.
The Charkha measuring 8.6 ft by 4.3 ft and weighing 71 kg has been installed by the Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB).
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said that Charkha symbolizes Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Self-Reliance and its installation at Srinagar Airport on Republic Day is a befitting tribute to Bapu and to all the great freedom fighters of India.
“Charkha was made a symbol of economic self-reliance by Bapu in 1918 and became an important part of Swadeshi and Indian Independence movement like Non-violence, Satyagraha and Civil Disobedience”, he added.
Terming the occasion as historic, the Lt Governor said that the Charkha at Srinagar airport will inspire us to encourage greater public participation in the development framework of the UT and to meet the needs of the people by optimally utilizing our social capital and other resources.
“Today, when our country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav and moving steadily towards the fourth industrial revolution, I believe Charkha will serve as a symbol of Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and will inspire the citizens of the UT and all countrymen to work towards building a self-reliant J&K, and a self-reliant India”, the Lt Governor remarked.
The Lt Governor observed that J&K is making great strides in fulfilling the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and keeping with this spirit, continuous efforts are being made for the revival and conservation of Khadi, Rural Arts & Crafts, besides expanding their reach to the international market.
Hon’ble Prime Minister’s slogan – ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion’- has gained greater popularity and now international designers are using Khadi in New York and London fashion shows, he further added.
The Lt Governor also called for collaborative efforts to preserve the identity of the world-famous handicrafts, art and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, on the occasion.
Highlighting the initiatives taken by J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) to create livelihood generation opportunities for the people of the UT, the Lt Governor said that in the last three years, 11,978 units have been established under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program and 1,803 units have been established under the Rural Employment Generation Program, besides 4,904 units have also been established for the deprived sections and women.
“Under all these schemes, about 1,50,000 people have been provided with viable employment opportunities”, he noted.
The Lt Governor congratulated Dr Hina Bhatt, Vice-Chairperson, Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board, and the members and officials of KVIB on this historic occasion.
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