## MoU signed to improve cancer care services in J&K
The J&K Health and Medical Education Department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre to enhance cancer care services in the Union Territory (UT). The MoU aims to establish Preventive Oncology Service, Day Care Centres, and Palliative Care Service at District Hospitals, providing significant technical support.
### Improving mental health services
Another important MoU was signed with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. This collaboration will focus on improving mental health services, training, and capacity building of Medical Officers and nursing staff.
### Strides in developing holistic healthcare ecosystem
The Lieutenant Governor of J&K shared the progress made in developing a holistic healthcare ecosystem in the UT over the past few years. Per capita spending on the health sector in J&K is among the highest in the country. The focus during infrastructure development has been on effectiveness, accessibility, and building a resilient system.
### Deliberating on structural changes
The Lieutenant Governor called upon the medical fraternity and all stakeholders to deliberate upon the structural changes required in the healthcare sector. Progressive rules and laws for modern healthcare are needed to ensure a progressive healthcare system.
### Community involvement and awareness campaigns
The Lt Governor advised the Health Department to involve the community in awareness campaigns for the National Mental Health Program. It is crucial to ensure that the benefits of the program reach those in need.
### Strengthening medical infrastructure
Inaugurating 44 healthcare facilities worth Rs. 56.18 Cr, the Lt Governor emphasized the importance of strengthening the medical infrastructure. This step aims to enhance the resilience of the health system.
### New initiatives for health system resilience
Several new initiatives were launched to strengthen health system resilience, including T3- Test, Treat and Talk Anemia Camps, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Programme, and Scan and Share service for OPD registration. The Lt Governor also distributed Volunteer Engagement certificates to ASHAs.
### Recruitment of additional ASHAs
To improve community extension of health services, the National Health Mission, Jammu and Kashmir, is recruiting 380 Additional ASHAs and 31 ASHA Facilitators as approved by the Government of India. This step aims to cater to the healthcare needs of the tribal population and improve health indicators for the migratory population.