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Will rope in super-specialists for govt hospitals

The Punjab Government is planning to rope in super-specialists for tertiary care treatment in the state.

Health Minister Dr Balbir Singh said the government would appoint a private neurosurgeon for Government Medical College, Patiala, for head injury cases. After evaluating the success of this experiment, more such appointments will be made in Government Medical Colleges in Faridkot and Amritsar.

Apart from this, with an aim to provide free and top-class treatment to people, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will dedicate 500 Aam Aadmi Clinics to the people of Punjab.

Earlier, he had inaugurated 100 clinics that were built in the first phase on August 15. Now with the completion of 400 new clinics, the total number will rise to 500.

Addressing a press conference in Mohali, Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema and the Health Minister said the inauguration program for the clinics would be held in Amritsar on January 27. The CM will inaugurate the clinics, while AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend the program as the chief guest.

Cheema said it was a matter of great pride that a revolution in the health sector had started in Punjab within a year of formation of the AAP government. Before the elections, Kejriwal had given a guarantee to the people of Punjab of providing free treatment and setting up mohalla clinics. “Now the CM is fulfilling all his promises,” he said.

Highlighting the success of Aam Aadmi Clinics, Dr Balbir Singh said till now more than 10 lakh people had been treated at the clinics and over three lakh people had been examined free of cost. Also, medicines were given free of cost to the people.

However, the ministers remained a little evasive on the issue of transfer of Health Secretary Ajoy Sharma, reportedly after he refused to give approval for spending Rs 30 crore on an advertisement campaign of Aam Aadmi Clinics on which government has spent Rs 10 crore. Tribune India

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