Freedom for everyone is the largest development in J&K, says LG on the fourth anniversary of Article 370's repeal
Nadia Farooq
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On Wednesday, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, said that after the COVID outbreak in the union territory, there has been an increase in the number of cases connected to mental illness and drug addiction.

He gave his full support to the Health and Medical Education department as well as the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) for their successful handling of both problems.

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At the Health Conclave that was held at the SKICC on the banks of Srinagar, the LG said that in the last three to four years, there has been a significant amount of change in the health care system at all levels, from the primary level all the way up to the district level.

“Patient care has improved, and a massive amount of infrastructure related to health care has been set up across the UT,” he said. It has been made possible for the medical staff to provide the greatest care to their patients in a shorter amount of time thanks to the development of new technology instruments.

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) said that according to the research conducted by IMHANS, after the COVID-19 pandemic, a rise in the prevalence of mental illnesses such as moderate mental disorders, severe mental disorders, and drug addiction among young people has been seen.

According to what he had to say, “The UT administration offers its unwavering support to the H&ME, IMHANS, and the medical professionals in their efforts to rescue the youth from anxiety and the revolving door of drug abuse.”

He encouraged the department of Health and Medical Education to initiate extensive awareness campaigns at the Pachayat level about methods and techniques of avoiding anxiety and combating drug addiction. According to him, the implementation of Tele -Mental Assistance and Networking Across States (MANAS) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Health Sector is going to be of tremendous assistance in the battle against a variety of mental diseases.

IMHANS and Tata Institute have just signed a memorandum of understanding today. “We have Tele MANAS, and this will definitely help in a big way to counsel youth suffering from mental disorders including depression and anxiety,” the LG added. Tele MANAS will help in a great manner to counsel youth suffering from mental disorders.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare initiated the Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS) programme in the month of October 2022. Its mission is to provide free telemental health treatments around the clock, seven days a week, all over the United States, with a special focus on serving persons who live in rural or otherwise underserved regions. There is a toll-free hotline that anyone may call for therapy at any time of the day or night.

According to the LG, there is a widespread belief among residents that they have access to every conceivable amenity in their immediate vicinity. “We have created two new Cancer Institutes in Kashmir and Jammu where specialised treatment for the deadly illness will be offered. These institutes are located in Kashmir and Jammu. In addition to that, he stated, there would be psychotherapy for the purpose of preventing cancer. The LG said that there is equipment available at many hospitals; however, there is not enough people to run the equipment. “This is something that needs to be addressed,” he said.

He said that by 2019, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have eight nursing colleges, two cancer institutes, seven medical colleges, and two bone and joint hospitals. After having in-depth conversations with the general public and many stakeholders in the Health and H&ME department, the LG argued for “structural changes.” It is not appropriate for an assistant professor to automatically advance to the position of professor and principal. Let there be discussions over the matter, he remarked.

Earlier, during his remarks on the occasion, LG’s Advisor RR Bhatnagar said that the government has begun ranking hospitals and departments in J&K. “Health care facilities will be much better in the coming years,” he said. Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta said in his statement that the future of health care in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is going to be extremely excellent, if not the best. “Digitalization of health records of a person right from the time of their birth is going to be beneficial for the patient,” he said. Attending the event were representatives from Tata Memorial Institute, WHO, and officials from the Health and H&ME department of the J&K government. 

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