Tele-health facilities to be introduced in AJK soon; says Sardar Masood

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IT hub and Special Industrial Zone will be built in Mirpur

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has emphasized the need to establish tele-health facilities in the remote areas of Azad Kashmir to help deliver specialized healthcare to the general public.
The President made these remarks while visiting the COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), a project of COMSATS Headquarters here in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan discussing COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) affairs at COMSATS Headquarters.

The visit was followed by a detailed briefing by Mr. Junaid Zaidi, Executive Director COMSATS on the services provided by COMSATS, especially in connection to the initiatives taken in the field of tele-health, remote medical consultation, and treatment of patients.
Mr. Junaid Zaidi explained the key features of COMSATS Tele-Health Project established at CIS, which is providing distance-health facilities in various areas of Pakistan. Explaining the elementary working on the project, he said that COMSATS is keen on establishing such Tele-Health Clinics in remote areas of Azad Kashmir. Mr. Zaidi said that training of all staff including doctors, medical technicians and IT staff will be ensured for the smooth functioning of the clinics.
President AJK said that access to tele-health facilities will be especially beneficial for resource constraint, marginalized communities living in far-flung areas of Azad Kashmir. This, he said, shall help provide a cost-effective, time saving and effortless access to basic clinical diagnostic facilities and expert opinions of medical specialists from leading hospitals of the country.
President Masood Khan said the current AJK Government has its eyes set on ensuring good governance and economic development throughout Azad Kashmir. Amongst our priorities, he said, we are focusing on universal access to modern health facilities for the general public. He added that Basic Health Units (BHUs) will be fully equipped with medical equipment and the required professional staff.
CIS has initially planned to establish 16 Tele-Health Clinics in various regions of Azad Kashmir. These clinics will be operated from the already established BHUs in rural areas. Using the latest means of video conferencing and database management; the patients can be remotely investigated and information regarding hospital referrals and prescriptions will be provided on the spot.
The President praised the forward-thinking approach of COMSATS and said that such facilities will be an asset in providing healthcare to the underprivileged. He added that this will also provide a digital database of the patients with their updated medical records helping facilitate future consultation and maintaining vital health-related statistics for any particular region. President AJK said that Azad Kashmir is keen on being a part of the Information Technology revolution engulfing the region. He said that COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) must take the lead and arrange interactive seminars in the Public Sector Universities of AJK in helping generate the interest of the students and integrating them in contemporary research initiatives. For this, he advised CIIT to explore collaborative programs with Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) especially in M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses.
The President said that under the CPEC, a Special Industrial Zone will be built in Mirpur and by setting up various software houses and specialized IT companies this could provide exquisite opportunities for developing Mirpur into an IT Hub. With a growing number of IT graduates and entrepreneurs setting up the stage for IT development, AJK will be a turning point for the IT Industry of Pakistan, said the President.
President Azad Kashmir said that the people of AJK enjoys a high literacy rate and are keen on attaining higher education. He added in order to facilitate the students constructive measures will be taken by the AJK Government to expedite establishing sub-campuses of CIIT and other leading national universities in various districts of Azad Kashmir.
The President commended COMSATS for its work and said that visit of their senior management to AJK will produce tangible results for the betterment of the region.