In a bid to provide quality healthcare facility to the people of the State, Punjab Government has decided to open health wellness centres in different parts of the State. Unveiling the plan to media, Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra on Thursday stated that total 2,950 such centres will be opened across the state in a phased manner.
Mohindra said that 240 such centres would be opened in Fazilka, Pathankot and Patiala districts by the end of this year itself.
Rs 17 lakh would be the operational cost to run each centres, where doctors would be the visiting faculty from nearby community health centres. Doctors would attend OPD twice in the week.
State Government also unveiled plan to roll out 50 new ambulances, which will be equipped with critical life-saving equipment. Reiterating Government’s commitment to provide affordable and best medical service to common people, Minister said, “Our aim is to ensure that emergency ambulances reach at particular place within 20 minutes in urban areas and within 30 minutes in rural areas”.
The Health Ministry also stated about Government’s plan to start medicine shops and trauma centres across State. Medicine shops would be opened at 22 district hospitals while five trauma centres would also be established.
To ensure punctuality and sense of responsibility of medical officers towards patients, State Government has decided to install biometric attendance system in all government hospitals.
Speaking about existing medical facilities, Minister said that State Government has already established e-raktkosh in all 45 government blood banks which is one of its kinds within the country. Public can access information on blood availability status as per blood group, blood bank and districts with the help of e-raktkosh.