Urging private players to invest in the Health sector, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said that the health care facilities in Jammu and Kashmir are among worst in the sub-continent.
“Kashmiris are caught in quagmire due to over two decades of the turmoil. People are suffering from various ailments and problems, but there not enough facilities available for their treatment,” Mirwaiz said after inaugurating the Haya Diagnostic and Research Centre at Soura today.
“Healthcare in Kashmir is not up to the mark and the government run hospitals, polyclinics and diagnostic centres do not come to the expectations of the patients who have to travel outside Jammu Kashmir for getting their necessary diagnosis tests done,” he said.
He said institutions like Haya Diagnostic and Research Centre will come up in long way to bridge the gap in the health sector. He urged the people involved in the medical profession and health care to come forward to invest in the health sector for the greater social and Kashmir cause.
“If we see our medical drugs consumption is highest in the country,” he said adding that there is need to address the problem by local participation.
Lauding efforts of the Managing Director, Haya Diagnostic and Research Centre, he said “such initiatives provide relief to thousands of Kashmiri people suffering with different ailments because of the lack of proper diagnostic centers the patients undergo,” he said.
“The opening of the centre is an important step for the people of Valley. They would benefit from the state-of-art technology-laden polyclinic and diagnostic centre,” Mirwaiz said.
Pertinently, Mirwaiz in 2013 had inaugurated Haya Charitable Medical Trust at Batamaloo
Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director, Haya Medical Trust, Dr Feroz Naqshbandi said this is the 21st collection centre of Haya Diagnostic centre in Kashmir.
“We are running this on no-profit basis as our motive is to provide cost-efficient medical treatment to the people of the Valley. In future we would expand our base to rural areas also,” he said.
He said that their unit at Soura will cater to the patients who have to run for pillar to post to get their medical test done. “Further we are planning to start MRI unit in the vicinity as there is huge demand due to rush in the nearby SKIMS,” he added.
Media Advisor of APHC, Advocate, Shahid-ul-Islam on the occasion lauded the role of Dr. Feroz Naqshbandhi for the betterment of the health care in Kashmir.