AJK health centres to be linked with Pak hospitals; says Masood

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ABBASPUR: Medical centres in remote areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir would be linked with big hospitals of Pakistan through a new telemedicine system said the President Sardar Masood Khan on Tuesday.

Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of Ashraf & Munira Memorial Hospital established in Potha village of Abbaspur with the collaboration of Indus Health Network, he said that under the new system, a physician from Karachi through the modern technology could examine patients even in remote places like Abbaspur and Hajira.

The AJK president said that the present state government was determined to provide uniform health facilities to all citizens of the liberated territory and it was also improving health facilities in remote and difficult mountainous terrains to bring them at par with urban areas.

Appreciating the spirit of Chief Executive of the hospital, Dr Mehnaz Ashraf Haq and her team, Sardar Masood Khan asserted that Dr Mehnaz currently residing in Karachi had provided modern facilities in this far-flung area of Azad Kashmir, and thus she had set an example for others to follow.

He said that a cancer hospital established in Rawalakot in private sector has been linked with a hospital in the United States through modern technology and similar efforts should be made in other parts of the state.  “Efforts will also be made for up-gradation and widening of road linking this hospital with other areas to facilitate the patients,” he added.

Earlier addressing the function, Dr Mehnaz Ashraf said that although she had studied in Karachi, as per the desire of her father Ashraf Khan, she had established this hospital in her native village Potha where all basic medical treatment facilities have been provided free of cost, and these would be further upgraded with the passage of time.

The function was also addressed by member of Indus Health Network Board of Governors Amanullah Khan and Dr. Irum while Director General AJK Public Health Sardar Aftab, Lt. Gen. (retd) Faiz Jilani, Maulana Abdur Razzaq, Sardar Sajid Advocate, Sardar Akhlaq Ayub, Sardar Mushtaaq and a large number of people of the area were also present on the occasion.