Poor facilities hit work at Charar -i -Sharief Hospital

IRFAN RASHID

Charar-i-Sharief

The Char-i-Sharief sub-district hospital (SDH) is facing shortage of basic amenities hitting the work badly at the hospital.
The SDH Charar-i-Sharief lacks basic facilities like digital X-ray, electrocardiograph (ECG), ultrasonography (USG), endoscopy and laparoscopic facilities. In the absence of facilities patients are forced to visit private clinics in Srinagar, 30 Kms away, to perform the required tests.
“It is herculean task to travel to Srinagar even for small medical tests,” said Tawsi, a local resident. Residents said that they are not able to get the tests in time due to which their ailments aggravate.
An elderly lady, Fatima rued that she has to travel to Srinagar even for the minor test of USG. She was diagnosed with ovarian cyst
Though the government had claimed to turn this town into a “satellite town” but the condition of the SDH is no better than a pimary health centre  (PHC), said a resident.
“ The USG machine present in the hospital is obsolete and serves and even after getting the test done here we ask patients also to get a test done in the private facility,” said a doctor wishing not to be named. “ The USG machine mostly remains out of order and even as it was repaired earlier, but still breaks down,” he added.
Around 20, 000 people of the town and many around the adjoining areas depend on the SDH for the treatment. The hospital has also shortage of manpower. An official said that among the doctors working there include a three specialist doctors, one physician and two surgeons, but they are unable to deliver due to the lack of equipments.
Dr Tariq is a lone physician specialist with a fellowship in endoscopy and was successful in establishing endoscopy unit in district hospital Pulwama. But the doctor has not been provided any such endoscopy equipments here by the authorities. Repeated pleas to the Auuthroties to get the medical facilities have not evoked any results.
A senior medico said, “If we have to work round the clock we need modern machines, like Automatic Analyser Machines (ANM) for bio-chemistry and hematology tests and 300 mm digital X Ray, 500 MA USG machines.”
Chief Medical Officer, Budgam, G M Dar said: “Recently Minister of state for health Asiya Naqash had visited the hospital and we have prepared the proposal and will turn the hospital into a modern facility.”
Charari Sharief MLA and Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Hanjura, acknowledged the “lack of medical equipments” and said, “We have sent the proposal to the government highlighting what things are lacking there and I assure people of the area, all equipments will be available within two months.”

http://risingkashmir.com/news/poor-facilities-hit-work-at-charar-i-sharief-hospital/

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Govt couldn’t do much for flood victims: Altaf

Calls for specialized facilities to treat accident victims
4-day road safety workshop ends at KU
Govt couldn’t do much for flood victims: Altaf

Irfan Rashid

Srinagar, Aug 29:

Ahead of the first anniversary of the devastating floods that hit Kashmir last year, Minister for R&B, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari Saturday admitted the failure of the government to ensure proper rehabilitation of the victims.
“The Central government did not help much and neither could the state government do much for the flood victims,” Bukhari said.
Without elaborating on the comment, he said the state government is working on the flood relief package. However, he added that “no government can provide 100 percent compensation”.
He was addressing a felicitation function of the event “Drive Ok- Live Ok” organized by EMMRC and ILM consultancy at Kashmir University.
Referring to the lack of mechanism to bring road accident victims to the trauma centers carefully, the Minister said the government has left road accidents “in the name of God”.
“I saw in West how critical ambulances are equipped and able to treat 70 percent injury on the spot only. Here we may have trauma hospitals coming up at Pattan and Anantnag but we need to put efforts for on-the-spot treatment. For that we need to train those ambulance paramedics and more importantly those ambulance drivers,” Bukhari said.
“It would have been better if we had smaller hospitals with better treatment facilities rather than big empty buildings,” the R&B Minister said, adding that he wished he could be the health minister of the state so that he could help improve health institutions faster.
Bukhari said government was not able to spend on health sector as it should have “as 76 percent of the state exchequer is spent on power and salaries only”.
He said the roads are no better than what they were 37 years back. “It’s only now that government is taking steps in this regard.”
He said the traffic police department is overburdened. “We will infuse life by extending public transport timing from 7 pm, when they usually go off the roads, to 10 pm with free bus service in Srinagar city very soon.”
Appreciating the initiative, the Minister said road accidents are rising to an alarming level in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the available data, he revealed, 892 people have died and 8733 injured in 6067 road accidents in Kashmir Valley during past three years.
He said the rate of accidental deaths per thousand vehicles in the state is 1.1% against all India average of 0.9%. Urging youth to ride and drive carefully, Bukhari said: “Let’s change how we walk on road…let’s change how we drive on road.”
Stating that the central government has approved Srinagar-Uri and Srinagar-Kupwara roads for four-laning. “The four-laning of National Highway is one of the important issues right now on our mind and we are progressing on it,” he added.
He said Parimpora-Narval patch will be opened by October and Narbal-Kaman Post stretch will be completed within three-and-a-half years.
Earlier, Director EMMRC, Kashmir University, Dr Shahid Rasool said, “We don’t take accidents seriously which is the 9th highest death factor in the world and second highest factor in youth.”
“We have laws but not law enforcement agencies,” he added.
Dr Rasool suggested a blueprint wherein points will be cut off from a driver with his every challan and finally with more mistakes driver’s license be cancelled as is being done in gulf countries.
Sharing his experience, Head of Neurosurgery at SKIMS, Dr Altaf Ramzan said prevention is the best treatment. “I sometimes think it was better for a person to die if he has to live with spinal disability after an accident,” he said.
Dr Ramzan criticized government for “making laws for animals and not for humans”.
He said first-aid should be given to trauma patients on the spot. “And trauma centers should have surgeon, orthopedic, small ICU unit, paramedics and not just empty structures.”
Earlier, a documentary film, YE BEHASI, was screened showing how Kashmiris are losing their dear ones in road accidents. Later two characters from the documentary shared their experiences with the audience. The R&B Minister assured Sumeera Rehman, who lost her father in an accident, of every possible help.
Rising Kashmir was the media partner of the workshop.  On the first-day of the workshop, teachers and students were engaged in different sessions. On second day, commercial drivers were given training. On the third day, a drawing competition was held with the participation of students from Amira Kadal and Kothi Bagh Girls Higher Secondary School.
Insha Yaqoob (Amira Kadal GHSS), Farheen Fayaz (Amira Kadal GHSS) and Nighat Jeelani( Kothi Bagh GHSS) were declared as first, second and third prize winners of the competition respectively.

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CUK Nowgam campus students resist admin orders, stage protest

IRFAN RASHID

SRINAGAR:

Students from two social science departments of central university of Kashmir Thursday protested at Nowgam campus as an anti-mark against the “proposed move” of CUK to “shift these departments to Sonwar.”
All the semesters of the two departments of Political science and economics staged a sit-in protest in university campus demanding the revocation of the order of the university regarding their shift of campus in mid-session.
The students of political science department see this decision of the administration as “blind” as they were earlier in Sonwar campus and only in last year August, they were shifted here (Nowgam).
Due to limited availability of seats in CUK “rented” hostel, most of the students from far flung areas have to take rooms on rent and pay money in advance for full semester, students added.
With varsity administration asking the students to shift in mid-session, the students claimed “we are not in position to pay double rent…first here and now in Sonwar”.
Carrying all the belongings of a department from one campus to other campus is a lengthy process. The students claimed “we will again lose our semester like we lost in last year.”
The students who are from north and south Kashmir and can easily reach the Nowgam campus by train are seen the most aghast against the decision of the university.
The students said we are not getting books from the library “as they have packed our books for shifting” and “this thing has given us an alert.”
The protesting students claimed to have approached Dean Academics “he told us I will see what I can do”. When Contacted Vice Chancellor CUK, Professor Mehrajdin Bhat, he said that there have been some rumors circulating in the campus but officially there is no such shift on cards.

PMSSS Fiasco: Noida university expels 30 JK students

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar, Aug 27:

 In a grim reminder about the abject failure of Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), a Noida based university has expelled at least 30 students from Jammu and Kashmir after Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India failed to release the scholarship amount in their favour.
“They asked us to leave the university campus as well as the hostel accommodation instead of pursuing the matter with MHRD for early clearance of the pending scholarship amount,” complained the students studying in Noida International University.
August 23 was a tough night for the expelled students as they were forced to spend it in a park in Delhi. The students are pursuing their engineering degrees and hail from both divisions of the state Jammu as well as Kashmir.
“We belong to poor families and cannot afford the tuition fee demanded by the university now,” the aggrieved students said, adding that they have already spent two years in the institute.
Umaid is pursuing BE Biotechnology. He said the university has been telling them for last two years that they have been enrolled under PMSSS and don’t have to pay any fee.
“But now they are asking us for fee,” he said.
“We have been staying in Jamia Masjid for last three nights,” Umaid added.
The scholarship scheme was launched by former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh as a special package for poor students of the state but right from its inception it has been mired in controversies.
Special Director, Noida International University, Col Shailendra Singh said: “It is wrong that we expelled these students. The procedure for expelling a student is by writing a termination or suspension letter. But to these students, we just gave them a letter reading ‘you students have been promising us for last two years that our money will be released…is being released…has been just halted while releasing by MHRD, so please concretize it on ground now.”
He added that MHRD procedure is to apply for JKPMSS to AICTE which then gives to MHRD and then based on the recommendation and availability of funds, scholarships are released to selected people only. Once the list is ready, MHRD releases the funds that go directly into students’ account and not that of university.
“The university is barred from contacting AICTE and MHRD but since we have been suffering from last two years so we sent our Admission Director to AICTE and MHRD but their objection was ‘why have you come here, you have no business here’.
Quoting the AICTE and MHRD officials, Singh said:  “Whatever list has been prepared, only they will get the scholarship and the rest already know they have been rejected by the MHRD so the rejected students have to study on their own budget.”
He said there is no tie-up between Noida International University and MHRD regarding scholarship. “There is no such tie-up.”
About students being forced to spend nights in open, he replied: “After summer exams in May, hostels are vacated and then after two months, students have to re-register along with fee. And we had given these students a letter, sent a mail and SMS in June and had asked them to approach MHRD for clarification.”
The students have, meanwhile, requested Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to intervene in the matter and talk to union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for early clearance of the pending scholarship amount.

Beacon to spend Rs 6000 Cr in next 15 years in JK

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar:

Chief Engineer, Beacon, Brigadier AK Das Tuesday asserted Beacon has earmarked Rs 6,000 Cr for  next 15 years for developmental projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing a press conference at its headquarters at Rangreth, Brigadier said that 4,000 kms of roads in the State have been constructed by the beacon in the last 55 years.
“Since J&K is not having railway connectivity to its major part and the people are totally dependent on roads, so there is a heavy responsibility on beacon too in building and maintaining the roads,” he said.
He said 4 lane road from Tata motors to HMT shall be opened in this month.
Giving details about the completed projects, he said, “Beacon has contributed a lot in terms of construction of lifelines like road Jammu-Srinagar, Uri-Leh, Batote-Anantnag, Baramulla-Tangdhar, Sumbal-Kaobalgali, Kupwara-Machhal, Kupwara-karen and Handwara-Kaiyan.”
He said: “We are engaged in double lane projects of NH1, NH244 and NH701. We are also constructing snow bound specification roads to the remote areas along LoC viz Keran sector, Machal, Gureiz valley and Kaobalgali. We are working on 1800 km road network in remote areas.”
Brigadier said the inclusion of e-tendering has brought transparency in our system.

331 women raped in JK last year: NCRB Report

• Crime rate against women on steep rise
• 2009 sexual offences recorded in 2014
• 813 incidents of kidnapping and abduction of women
• 5 dowry deaths reported; 467 incidents of cruelty by husband and relatives
• 25 incidents of abetment of suicide by women

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar:

 As many as 331 women were raped last year in Jammu and Kashmir, out of whom 307 victims were known to the offenders, says a report released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The data released says there have also been 20 attempts to rape. The 331 cases include 6 rapes committed by close family members, 21 by relatives and 61 by neighbors.
In total there have been 37, 413 rape cases throughout India last year.
The report further says there have been 2009 total sexual offences in J&K last year which accounts for 1.5 percent of offenses at all India level where 1,32,939 total sexual offences under IPC were recorded.
These 2009 sexual offences include 1421 cases of assault on women with intent to outrage their modesty and 237 cases of insult to the modesty of women.
All these sexual offences in J&K amount to 34.5 crime rate (Crime Sexual Offences per one lakh of Women Population) which is much more than all India average of 22.16.
This crime rate includes 8.4 percent of total IPC cognizable crimes which is far more than all India average of 4.7.
The data released by NCRB says there have been 3321 incidents of crime against women during 2014 in J&K which accounts for a total of 57 as rate of total cognizable crimes.
Rate of total cognizable crimes is “Incidence of Crime per one lakh of Female Population” which stands at 57 in J&K even more than all India average of 56.3.
J&K has a total one percent contribution of crime incidences Committed against Women during 2014 to all India total of 3, 37, 922 incidences.
There have been 713 incest rape cases in India. But there has been no incest rape case in J&K last year which is topped by Delhi at 144.
Again there have been 2346 gang rapes in India with no such incident in J&K.
There have been 813 incidents of kidnapping and abduction of women which is 14 whereas the all India average is only 9.6. In India there have been a total of 57, 311 kidnapping and abduction cases.
Out of total kidnapping incidents, 236 cases are registered under “K & A of Women to compel her for marriage, etc.”
There have also been 5 dowry deaths and 467 incidents of cruelty by husband and relatives, with 25 incidents of abetment of suicide of women.
There are 58.3 lakh mid-year projected female population of the J&K. In total there have been 36,735 rape cases in 29 states and seven union territories with Madhya Pradesh topping the list with 5076 rape cases and Nagaland at the bottom with just 30 cases among the states.
Crime against women consists of rape, attempt to rape, kidnapping and abduction, dowry deaths, assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, insult to modesty of women, cruelty by husband or his relatives, Importation of Girls from Foreign Country, Abetment of Suicides of Women (Sec 306 IPC), Dowry Prohibition Act, Indecent Representation of Women (P) Act, Commission of Sati (P) Act, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act and Immoral Traffic (P) Act.

PCB to install air quality digital monitoring mechanism in Srinagar

Irfan Rashid

Srinagar:

The State Pollution Control Board (PCB) is developing a digital monitoring mechanism to provide online air quality index of Srinagar city on daily basis.
This project was approved by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) earlier this year. The total cost of the project is approximately 1.2 crore, half of which will be funded by central PCB and other half by state PCB.
Sources said presently PCB is busy in examining the site for its installation and few options for the Board were TRC ground, Exhibition ground and office headquarters.
Presently, there are three pollution mon¬itoring units installed in the valley but they give weekly updates as they are not com¬puterized. These monitoring units have been installed at Khrew, Khanmoh and Lasjan. New equipment would be procured to create a complete online system.
When a person checks official website of JK PCB, http://jkspcb.nic.in/, the last entry under “Monthly Average of AirPollutants” in Jammu section has been made in March 2011 and there is no record available in Srinagar sec¬tion.
But after the new mechanism is in¬stalled, a continuous daily updates shall be available all the time, even for com¬mon citizens. All different types of pol¬lutant ratio will also be available- like percentage of sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and others pollutants.
This way, the PCB wants to create awareness among people about health hazards due to rising pollution.
Dust generated by construction work, increasing vehicles and depleting green cover is making air unhealthy for resi¬dents, which could worsen in the next few years, but people are mostly unaware of this.
“We will also install a big display out¬side the plant where people can read current air quality,” asserts Muhammad Shafi Kenu, regional director JKPCB.
On asking about how to monitor pol¬lution outside city, he replied: “In begin¬ning it will be representative of only Srinagar and after its success, we will extend it to other districts.
Presently air monitoring stations in Khrew, Khanmoh and Lasjan are op¬erational.”
The project is said to be completed within six months.
The suspended particulate matter (SPM) and respiratory suspended particulate matter (RSPM) have witnessed a steep rise in the past two decades in Srinagar city, which has the largest concentration of vehicles per sq km area.
Regional Director PCB Muhammad Shafi Kenu said the system would be based on the same pattern as in New Delhi and preliminary studies had been carried out to create such a system in J&K.
The normal limit of SPM should be 100 microgram and RSPM normal limit is around 200 microgram, but both have seen rising trend recently indicating that the air quality is poor at most of the places in Srinagar.
Respiratory diseases, burning-eye symptoms and skin allergy are main problems which affect the people exposed to air pollution. The pollution level is growing in the city because major con¬centration of population is in a small area.