Jammu and Kashmir has received Rs 400 crore under the National Rural Health Mission to improve medical facilities in rural areas, state health minister Sham Lal Sharma said on Thursday.
"The focus is on augmenting basic health infrastructure and reducing mortality rate," Sharma said at an NRHM function at Shopian in south Kashmir.
The minister said 25,000 doctors and 15,000 paramedics are actively engaged in extending health care to the people across the state.
Calling upon newly elected panchs, sarpanchs (village heads) and ASHA workers to discharge their duties with zeal, the minister said synergy among field functionaries and village level leaders would bring further improvement in the implementation of flagship programme of NRHM.
He said health is one of the focused areas of the coalition government.
Later, Sharma honoured two ASHA workers - Hatiza Akhtar and Hanifa Akhtar - for their all round performance, handing them over citation and cash award.