Khizar Hayat Abbasi,
MUZAFFARABAD: President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan has said that Health Department should place an efficient ambulance service delivery system in the areas located close to Line of Control (LoC) and remote areas to provide emergency response and pre-hospital medical care to the patients and victims of Indian shelling.
He expressed these views during his meeting with Secretary AJK Health Department, Major General Malik Muhammad Masud who called on him at President House here on Monday. He also suggested that First Aid Posts should be setup along the main highways in Azad Kashmir to give timely assistance to the road accident victims.
Expressing his grave concern over growing roads accidents and losses of lives, President said a comprehensive plan is required to devise for reduction of human deaths and injuries caused by the road accidents.
“First ten minutes are critical to save a human life after being injured in a major or minor accident. If requisite facilities are well placed and ambulance service delivery system is efficient many human lives can be saved from death,” Masood Khan said.
He emphasized that all hospital located at divisional, districts, and tehsil headquarters should be upgraded in terms of availability of doctors, medicines and diseases diagnosis system so that patients should get medical facilities close to their homes and communicable and non-communicable diseases could be prevented.
“The health care infrastructure is either not available or is insufficient in many rural and remote areas. The health department should make sure that doctors and allied supporting staff is present on the places of their respective jobs and life saving drugs are available to provide timely medical assistance to the patients, the president maintained.
He said that AJK provides a conducive environment for growth and development of pharmaceutical industry and for establishment of quality diagnostic laboratories. The health department, he said, can play an important role in this regard.
The President also drew the attention of Secretary Health towards the problems being faced by three medical colleges setup in public sector. He said all the three colleges are now affiliated with University of Health Sciences and need patronage of the health department to overcome the difficulties. The medical colleges, President Khan added need qualified faculty and modernl laboratories to provide quality learning environment to the students.
Secretary Health Major General Malik Muhammad Masood speaking on the occasion expressed his resolve to bring necessary reforms in the health service delivery system. He said bringing reforms in medicines procurement and distribution system is his first priority. The Secretary Health further said that he would encourage public- private partnership to improve the health sector besides taking other necessary measures.