LG Sinha inaugurates paediatric cancer ward, children’s play area at SMGS Hospital

Jammu, December 26: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the upgraded facility at the Pediatric Cancer Ward and Children’s Playground of SMGS Hospital, Jammu, on Sunday.

The Lieutenant Governor noted that Sparkle Women Club is a living example of how selfless service can make a real contribution, a profound difference in our society. Those who choose to serve the underprivileged unconditionally prove humanity more, the Lt governor said.

The transformation of the pediatric cancer ward has been made possible by the Sparkle Women Club, a volunteer organization dedicated to public service, he added.

The lieutenant governor said: “We are building a strong, well-developed public health system that aims to ensure the highest possible level of health and well-being for people”.

He appealed for the active participation of communities and health professionals in prevention efforts for fear of the third Covid wave.

The lieutenant governor underlined that the greatest example of selfless service can be seen in all hospitals.

“Over the past 20 months we have seen countless real heroes hidden behind PPE kits and masks. They risked their own lives to save others,” he added.

“Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, ASHA, Anganwadi workers, sanitation and other frontline workers have bravely fought two waves of covid pandemic and continue to do so. I salute their spirit of selfless service,” said the lieutenant governor.

The lieutenant governor noted that the past seven and a half years has seen a revolution in J&K’s health sector that has never been seen in the past seven decades. The increased funding for the UT’s health sector has led to a substantial improvement in J&K’s health rankings, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor highlighted the role of civil society members in the vaccination campaign for the 15-18 age group from January 3, 2022, and the booster dose for health professionals from January 10, 2022, as announced by the Honorable Prime Minister in his address to the nation.

The Lt Governor also urged the NGOs and volunteers engaged in community service to step up and complement the government’s efforts in the fight against the drug threat.

Earlier, the lieutenant governor toured various departments of the hospital and also talked to the children.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Health and Medical Education, appreciated the Sparkle Women Club for their noble efforts and underlined the importance of community participation in public welfare initiatives for the betterment of society.

dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Director and Dean GMC & AH’s Jammu briefed about the upcoming care facilities for the patients.

Ms. Poonam Sethi, President, and Ms. Sarika Sethi, Co-Founder of the Sparkle Women Club, thanked the hospital administration and the medical fraternity for their support of the organization.

Ms. Benu Lakra, project leader of the Sparkle Women Club, informed about the various initiatives that the organization has taken for the well-being of the people.

sh. Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor JMC; dr. Raghav Langer, Division Commissioner Jammu; Sh Anshul Garg, DC Jammu; dr. Dara Singh, Medical Inspector; faculty members, Dr. GS Saini, Dr. Sanjeev Digra; Sparkle Women Club members, Doctors, Nursing staff and people attended the occasion.

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