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Need for PPP in Kashmir’s health care sector

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Jammu & Kashmir has always been in the news for quite some time for Kargil war, terror attacks and a lot more. But obtaining basic necessities have always been tough for the residents in the valley, which for some reasons have not been a talking point in the national media. Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the need of the hour.

Unlike metro cities in most parts of India, medical infrastructure for diagnosis has been unavailable for many valley residents who have a waiting time of days and weeks to get a CT scan or MRI scan done. To get a USG scan done, a patient has a waiting period of two months.

In order to address this issue, the government in 2014, had set up a task force to invite participation of private entities to improve the medical infrastructure in the valley. Some private hospitals did come in and had a proper medical infrastructure for diagnosis.

While the existing ones started performing well. But thanks to the natural calamity, which has shelved the whole reform and now the government and the private hospitals should start from the scratch again.

“Countries like Switzerland and Japan still have a better medical infrastructure despite the incoming of deadly natural calamities. India can also have one, but the connect between government and private players is missing. What the government of Kashmir had initiated and executed so far is commendable. Now we need startups from the region to take it forward. If that happens, then remotest villages in India could also have world class medical infrastructure,” said Karanvir Singh, a global entrepreneur who is the Founder and Chairman of Visionum Group.

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