New Delhi: The Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir is all set to welcome its first-ever Government Unani Medical College & Hospital at Nawab Bagh of Ganderbal district.
Union minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, will inaugurate the Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (BUMS) course of the college on September 17.
This will be Sonowal’s first visit to J&K after taking charge of the ministry.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will grace the event.
The ministry of Ayush has provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs 17 crore out of the estimated cost of Rs 32.50 crore to establish the Unani Medical College & Hospital in Kashmir under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).
This step was taken to promote the indigenous systems of medicine in the UT of J&K, particularly the Unani System of Medicine in the Kashmir division.
The hospital of the college is expected to provide services to around three lakh people of 136 villages. It will also cater for the population of adjoining districts of Srinagar, Baramulla and Bandipora.
Recognising the importance of alternative systems of medicine in the UT, the Ayush ministry will provide basic healthcare services to the people and improve their lifestyle-related disorders.
The Unani System of Medicine is more popular in the Kashmir division, while Ayurveda in the Jammu division and Homeopathy and Yoga & Naturopathy are common in both the divisions of the UT of J&K.
The college has an annual intake capacity of 60 BUMS students along with a 60 bedded hospital.
There are seven clinical departments, Moalijat (Medicine), Jarahat (Surgery), Ain-Uzn-Anf-Halq (Ophthalmology & ENT), Ilm-ul-Qabalatwa Niswan (Obstetrics & Gynecology), Ilmul Atfal (Paediatrics), Amraz-Jild (Dermatology) and Ilaj bit Tadbeer (Regimental Therapy) in the college.