Health minister directs administration to double capacity of medical lounge

DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH

In the view of heavy footfall of pilgrims at Sultanpur Lodhi, health and family welfare minister Punjab Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu today ordered the health department officials to increase the capacity of medical lounge set up here near the main pandal, Guru Nanak Darbar.

The minister directed Civil Surgeon Kapurthala Dr. Jasmeet Kaur Bawa to depute more medical and para-medical staff to apart from the capacity of the tent site as around 10,000 have availed medical services so far. He was also accompanied by local MLA Navtej Singh Cheema when he visited the medical lounge after paying obeisance at Guru Nanak Darbar.

Health Minister said that the pilgrims were appreciating the arrangements done by the Punjab Government to commemorate one of the biggest events in Sikh history. He added that as the arrival of devotees has been increased drastically, it was the need of the hour to increase the capacity of the lounge to provide hassle free health facilities to needy.

Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu informed that at present, two OPDs were being run by 4 medical officers along with para-medical staff which would be doubled from today onwards. He added that apart from this, the number of bike ambulances will also be raised from 20 to 40 for smooth transportation of patients from busy streets of the city. Meanwhile, local MLA Navtej Singh Cheema said that local administration has put on toes for the smooth operations here at Sultanpur Lodhi and the Punjab Government is ensuring every possible facility for Sangat. He also directed the tent city organizers to immediately increase the capacity of tent of medical lounge.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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