Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Balbir Singh said that Punjab would soon introduce the “Emergency Response System” based on coordination of Private and Government Hospitals to attend to the patients in critical need.
On his maiden visit to his ancestral place after taking the reign of the Health Department of Punjab, he was given a warm welcome at the local DC office by the administration and MLAs Dr Nachhattar Pal and Dr S K Sukhi.
Interacting with the media at Nawanshahar, Dr Balbir Singh reiterated his commitment to transform health infrastructure in Punjab as per the priority agenda of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. He said that the 500 more Aam Aadmi Clinics would prove a boon for strengthening health infrastructure ultimately providing better and free testing and treatment facilities to residents.
Citing the example of Punjab being first in hiring specialists in the government sector, he added that this is a double delight in addition to having Aam Aadmi Clinics in primary health care across the country.
Listing his initiatives to transform the health infrastructure in the state, he said that top priority would be given to the Emergency Response System which includes setting up a strong network of more than 1400 Ambulances of private and government hospitals, deputation of advanced life support ambulances in all Government Hospitals situated on Highways in state, blood donors’ directory etc.
Terming the ” Farishtey” Scheme, another step towards saving lives of accident victims in golden hours, he appealed to all the residents to equip their vehicles with first aid kits besides rushing the victim to the nearest hospital.
He said the department mulling to rationalise the specialist doctors posted at a single institution by the way of redistribution also so that all the residents could get the services of specialists in government hospitals.
To cope with the shortfall of Gynecologists in government hospitals, the department would shortly bring a policy to hire the local working private Gynecologists for surgery needs.
Expressing his commitment to transform the dilapidated and non-functional infrastructure into a better state, Dr Balbir Singh while chairing the concluding session of the Platinum Jubilee celebration, sought cooperation from the Punjab Chapter of Indian Medical Association to provide the people affordable treatment . He also solicited their partnership to make Punjab drug free. He assured the IMA Punjab to redress their concerns related to Violence against doctors, Punjab Pollution Control Board and Nursing homes situated in residential areas in the coming days.
Referring to Punjab Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann’s initiatives of providing health and education to all in the state, the Health Minister added that the state has become the first in the country to provide the jobs in the government sector in its’ first year of governance.
Later on, Dr Balbir Singh conducted a visit to the Primary Health Center Sujjon, which is also a part of the 18 PHCs being converted to Aam Aadmi Clinics in the district. He assured that there was no dearth of budget for health sector upgradation.
Earlier, Health Minister Dr Balbir Singh paid homage to the legendary martyr of the Nation, Sardar Bhagat Singh at his ancestral village Khatkar Kalan.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included Dr Amandeep Kaur Arora MLA Moga, DC NPS Randhawa, SSP Bhagirath Singh Meena, Chairman District Planning Committee, Satnam Singh Jalalpur, Prof. Jagmohan Singh from the family of Sardar Bhagat Singh, Civil Surgeon Dr Davinder Dhanda, Senior AAP leaders Lalit Mohan Pathak, Kuljit Singh Sarhal, Chairman Improvement Trust Nawanshahar Satnam Singh Jalwaha, Balbir Singh Karnana and Gagan Agnihotri, Punjab IMA newly elected President Dr Bhagwant Singh and former president Dr Paramjit Mann. Punjab News Express