Jammu: To aggressively fight COVID pandemic, the Union Territory of Ladakh has sought the shifting of its doctors and nurses to their hometown, who are posted in various hospitals across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to official sources, 85 health workers including doctors and nurses are deployed in the Kashmir Division.
Pertinent to mention that post re-organisation, UT of Ladakh is on a development path and strengthening its sectors like health, education, power, IT and sports.
“The UT administration is emphasizing on the return of health workers from Ladakh posted in Kashmir Division to meet the shortage of doctors and nurses in primary health centers and various hospitals,” sources said.
They said that presently, 85 health workers from Ladakh are deployed in Kashmir division and out of these 22 are posted in Medical College Srinagar, nine in SKIMS Bemina, five in SKIMS Soura, 13 in Medical College Anantnag, 13 in Medical College Baramulla and one in Health Department, Anantnag.
“Along with them, there are also some other personnel in police also on whose return to their home constituency, the J&K UT has yet to take a call,” they said.
However, to bring back the local doctors, several delegations from Ladakh have also met the BJP leadership and demanded that the concern must be raised vigorously with the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor’s administration.
Meanwhile a written memorandum has also been submitted to the Principal Secretary Health Department, Dr Pawan Kotwal requesting him to take up the matter with the concerned authorities for further action.
“The health workers from Ladakh are posted in the Kashmir valley and have also applied in writing after Ladakh became the Union Territory posted in 2019 seeking shifting to their hometown,” sources said adding that on many occasions, the issue was raised with the J&K Administration but nothing has been initiated till date on ground thus leaving these people disappointed.
“The COVID situation has settled a lot in the J&K UT and now the administration must shift these doctors, police personnel, nurses and other employees from Ladakh, to their hometown,” they asserted.
Both the administrations must amicably resolve the issue on priority with mutual coordination, said an official.
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