Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu chairing a meeting of department officials in Chandigarh on Tuesday


New Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu today asked the department authorities to ensure that all kind of free medicines being provided by the Health Department were adequately available in all the government hospitals and people of the state need not run from pillar to post to get these basic medicines and need not pay from their pocket to purchase these medicines from private drug stores.

“No laxity in providing the basic quality medicines and treatment would be tolerated. This is my prime agenda that citizen of the state get quality healthcare services in the government hospitals of the state,” he said while chairing the maiden meeting with HoDs of all the wings of Health Department here.

The Minister said monsoon season was going to start soon so you all need to get ready to provide all the dedicated services to the citizens of the state to avoid the outbreak of any potential epidemic. “Health Department is one of the very sensitives and crucial departments and the duties of the doctors are not only to provide the health services to the citizen but also to sensitize the masses to adopt healthy life style. I expect that medical and paramedical staff of the health department would do their duty with sincerity to wipe out the tears from the eyes of the patients suffering from various diseases,” he asserted.

Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary Health, welcomed the Minister and gave a brief introduction of the various programmes of the department. While reviewing the mother and child healthcare programme, the Minister exhorted the Director Family Welfare to ensure that institutional deliveries are increased in the government hospitals and the high risk pregnant women are getting the best healthcare services to further reduce the Mother Mortality Ratio ( MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate ( IMR). While discussing the working of ESI hospitals, the Minister expressed satisfaction that the Punjab Government has filled all the vacant posts of Doctors and other paramedic staff earmarked for Punjab for the ESI hospitals and Dispensaries.

Sidhu asked the officers to streamline the functioning of these ESI hospitals to provide health services to the registered labourers and other construction workers.’

He asked the ACS to convene a meeting of the ESI hospitals and Dispensaries to review the progress on the directions issued in this meeting.

Institutional deliveries, immunization programme, child and women healthcare, mental health and de addiction programme, TB control programme, AIDS control programme and functioning of health and wellness centres were also discussed in the meeting. The Minister also instructed the officers of the department to ensure that different employees werre wearing proper uniform while working in the hospitals.


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