8000 beds being added to govt hospitals in J and K

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Srinagar, May 25 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to add 8000 beds to government hospitals within next two years, while by 2010 all the 142 blocks in the state would be provided with dependable health facility.

An official spokesman said the government proposed to cover all the 142 blocks with a dependable health facility by 2010.

During the next two years about 8000 beds would be added to the Government hospitals whose present strength was 12,338, he said.

A 100-bed maternity hospital was being built to augment maternity services.

On the request of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Prime Minister has sanctioned two projects for the upgradation of Government Medical Colleges at Srinagar and Jammu to the level of AIIMS, he added.

He said 15 super specialties were being developed at the Jammu Medical College and an Institute of Traumatology with nine related super specialties at the Srinagar Medical College.

Work on these projects had been taken up and would be completed in the next 18 months.

The spokesman said 61 health institution buildings had been completed last year while another 43 were slated for completion this year.

The 200-bed district hospitals in all the 22 districts, 50-bed sub-district hospitals at tehsil headquarters and 30-bed community health centres at block headquarters were being established in the State.

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