STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Citizen’s Forum President R K Chadha has requested Lt Governor G.C Murmu to direct Chairman J&K Bank to donate Rs 200 crore for J&K UT under CSR for GMCs and their attached hospitals, for recurring medical expenses to meet coronavirus threat. “Our GMCs and hospitals are already poorly equipped for regular medical necessities of daily requirements of medicines and equipments. Donation is very important for meeting urgent requirement of infrastructure, testing labs and medicines to meet rapid spread of virus effectively. Other Banks are also giving such donations,” he said. Chadha further said South Korea, having population of five crore people, has built 600 coronavirus testing labs in just a month in January itself, whereas we having a population of 135 crore in our country could establish only 160 testing labs. J&K UT needs minimum 200 labs, he added. Chadha fully supported the appeal of A K Dullu the Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical to retired doctors to provide 3-4 hours from their daily schedule to attend OPD in the hospitals. “If they come, well and good otherwise we suggest that like USA, where they appointed doctors who were retired only two years back to meet alarming situation for a period of one year, the same process be adopted for J&K UT as well. Even Punjab Government has made some similar arrangements. J&K Bank’s financial help will tide over such and other similar problems,” he added. “We have to prepare ourselves in advance and not wait for the time when the threat in full volume is at our doors. We are fighting with it already,” he added.
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