Expansion of higher education, healthcare institutions and roads is needed for socio-economic uplift of people in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said. Basic amenities have to be provided to people living in far-flung regions of the state, he told a public meeting at Kilhotran in Gandoh tehsil of Doda district.
He said various roads are under execution in the erstwhile district Doda which need to be completed soon. The land compensation must be provided on priority to poor people whose land has been occupied for construction of government establishments or roads, he said. Azad said a 100 bedded hospital has been sanctioned for Bhalessa area in the district at an estimated cost of Rs 52 crore as people faced a lot of problem when any one fell ill. Besides, the 10-15 bedded PHC Gandoh will be upgraded to 50 bedded hospital, he said. Azad said the Union Health Ministry will launch a scheme under which 100 districts of the country, including erstwhile Doda district, will be covered in the first phase. Under the scheme, free check up and tests of diabetes will be conducted in males and females above the age of 30 years at the nearest PHC, while as for pregnant women there is no age bar for conduct of the test. He also announced free check up of cancer and heart diseases at each district hospital in the state.