Srinagar, Sep 23: Jammu and Kashmir government will appoint 350 dental surgeons and willalso open 140 health institutions in the state.
Reiterating the government's commitment to upgrade the healthcare facilities in the State, Health and Higher Education minister Mangat Ram Sharma said that under the first phase, the construction work of all the District Hospital complexes have been taken up.
He said keeping in view the lack of dental care facilities in rural areas, the government has approved the creation of 350 posts of dental surgeons, which would be posted in all the Public Health Centres (PHCs) in the state.
He said maternity healthcare facility is also being upgraded in remote and hilly areas.
The minister said National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) guaranteed better healthcare facilities in the state, 140 new health institutions would be opened in the state upto 2012 under this programme, he added.
He said that private public partnership is being encouraged for upgrading the Medicare facilities in the state, Srinagar and Jammu state level medical hospitals are being upgraded to the level of AIIMS New Delhi with the expenditure of Rs 240 crore, he further added.
The Lal Ded Maternity Hospital, the only maternity hospital in Kashmir is being upgraded at a cost of Rs 50 crore.