Punjab govt come up with another pro-people health initiative

Free medicines in government hospitals

The ruling SAD-BJP government is all set to launch a major pro-people initiative of free annual health check up program for 30 plus residents of the state. Under the Universal Health Coverage, the CM Prakash Singh Badal will prove his words during the health summit held in November.

As per the information, the residents who fall in this category will be screened for the diseases like Anemia, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidne and liver diseases. The former Director of PGIMER, Dr K K Talwar has designed the programme.

The principal secretary health and family welfare Vini Mahajan said that as per public health experts, health check-up on a regular basis, especially after the age of 30, is the key to prevention of such diseases and play a major role in determining the quality of life.

After launching the initiative to provide free medicines and diagnostic facilities across the state, this annual health check-up programme has been designed to cover all 30 plus population.

Under this innovative  programme, basic investigations like Blood Pressure, Hemoglobin, Blood Sugar, Kidney amd Liver function tests will be conducted free of cost in addition to consultation by Doctors.

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, will be launching this programme from Community Health Centre, Chamkaur Sahib on December 6, 2016. The Punjab government has launched so many pro-people schemes and policies in the last ten years.

The new program is designed to cater the health problems of the residents above 30 years of age will add a feather in government’s cap. It’s a unique initiative taken by the ruling SAD-BJP regime.

The private doctors charge hefty fee for the consultation but in these camps, the doctors will provide free consultation along with the medicines. The residents of Punjab are already availing the free medicine facility in the civil hospitals. It is a boon for the downtrodden strata of the society.



Bathinda, ready to avoid Dengue this year

Dengue has been spreading across the state of Punjab since a long time and it has affected the people of the state at a large scale. This year the Health Department is trying its best to avoid the state from being affected with this dangerous disease. For the same, they are taking the required precautions and even checking in every possible place, where Dengue could have set its mark.

They have been carrying out door-to-door campaigns in most of the places of Punjab, so that people are well aware of the precautions and symptoms of Dengue, so that it can be avoided from spreading around the whole place. The Gambusia fish is one such specie that eats up the larva spread around by the dengue mosquitoes and other such vector-borne mosquitoes. The Health Department of Punjab is multiplying the number of these fishes in all parts of the state, so that even if the larva is born, the fishes can eat it up and avoid from spreading. The department has dispersed these fishes in areas like ponds and other water areas where the water remains stagnant; it has significantly been placed on the outskirts of the Civil Hospital. Carrying out its awareness drive, the department has covered almost all the areas of Bathinda, which includes more than 60, 000 households in 50 wards of the city.

Fridays in Bathinda are known as Dry Days for the occasion to spread awareness amongst the residents to keep their surroundings clean and to make it a point to keep their refrigerators, Air Conditioners, Coolers clean and dry. This is an interesting way to make the residents wash and dry up their house once every week, so that the mosquitoes don’t get an opportunity to create larva and breed. Bathinda was one of those places of Punjab where Dengue was reported in the highest number last year. This is the reason why the health department is focusing most on this part of Punjab, so that what happened earlier, shouldn’t happen again. A number of people lost their lives due to this disease and they are now more than ready to create a healthy environment around them, so that Dengue doesn’t spread around the place this year or anytime further. There were around 2, 017 cases reported in Bathinda last year. The hospitals are also now more aware and equipped as compared to last year to handle the patients, if Dengue affects the city.

With admission charges of Drug Rehabilitation centres slashed, Punjab sets an example!

With admission charges of Drug Rehabilitation centres slashed, Punjab sets an example!Cutting down the Drug Rehabilitation centre admission charge to just Rs. 50 per day Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sets out a message to cross border drug supplying gangs that the government is ready to battle the drugs and protect its subjects.

Punjab is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, with its growing economy the state has been a major contributor to Indian economy. As it is said though, every coin has two sides the wealthy and prosperous side on Punjab is one and the other is fallen Prey to drug abuse side of Punjab. The drug problem in the state is so large that according to BBC reports 70% of Punjabi youth between the ages of 15 to 25 is addicted to some or the other drug.

Taking note of the serious and growing problem of drug abuse the state did set up Drug Rehabilitation centres that are for helping those who have fallen into the pit of drugs but wish to get out clean. Further the great move by the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP led alliance government has come in the recent days, when the prices of admission to drug rehab centres were slashed.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, took this decision while presiding over the third meeting of the state Drug De-Addiction and rehabilitation Board. Earlier the prices used to be at a staggering Rs. 200 per day, these have now been slashed down to just Rs. 50 per day. This is for the state owned drug rehab centres.

The decision as told by the Chief Minister is to maximise the number of beneficiaries from the rehabilitation centres. State owned Drug Rehabilitation centres have been set up by the government to ensure that those who wish to be taken out of the dens of drug abuse be made available an effective treatment and that too at a price easy to pay by any man.

The decision was taken by the Chief Minister on April 13 of this year. He also directed the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), ADGP (jails), and Director State Narcotics Control Bureau to examine the Central jails and look at criminals who have been arrested under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic substances (NDPS) act and submit a report within a month.

There are currently four fully operational Drug de-addiction centres namely in Bathinda, Faridkot, Jalandhar and Amritsar. Another one of these centres is being made functional in Patiala.

A major reason for Punjab falling into the hands of drugs has been its location, close to Pakistan Border. Afghanistan has been established as a great producer of drugs like heroine which are produced there and then through ways transported to Pakistan from where the very efficient and knowledgeable drug suppliers slip these into India.

73% of the rural youth of Punjab is addicted to drugs, as shown by a report in Guru Nanak Dev University. 65% of families in the Majha and Doaba region of Punjab have at least on Drug addict in their families.

In the wake of such events the cutting down of admission costs by the Government sure gives a message out that the state government is ready to fight the Drug problem.

The health sector in Punjab, seems to be healthy enough

The health sector requires special attention in order to drive growth, employment and economic prosperity in a state. The government of Punjab appears to be conducive towards a revolutionary change in the health sector of the state. Raising investment in various specialty hospitals in the state, with due emphasis on economic concerns has contributed significantly to the economic development and the increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in Punjab.

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It would not be wrong to claim that, the health care sector and the human resource development forms the backbone of an economy. Keeping in view the same, the health care sector occupied a pivotal place in the Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit. The Summit aimed at enhancing the health sector in Punjab, by offering the most lucrative incentives to the pharmaceutical industry and the health care sector followed by providing single – window service for the efficient and effective clearances of such proposals. The computerization of health care records of all the government hospitals, and the policies in favor of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) people has resulted into a quantum jump in the productivity and the functioning of the health care sector in Punjab state.

There are various specialty hospitals operating in the state some of them include Fortis Hospital, Grecian super specialty hospital, Mayo healthcare super specialty hospital, Government multi – specialty hospital, Max super specialty hospital, JP hospital and Guru Nanak Dev super – specialty hospital. The Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) was incorporated through the revolutionary and legislative measures of the state Government of Punjab. The vision of PHSC was to bring more administrative flexibility for implementation of the ”Second State Health Systems Development Project” with assistance of  World Bank, with the motive of upgrading the health sector services at a secondary level.

The Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC), has been looking after about 150 institutions which include District Hospitals, Sub – Divisional Hospitals and various Community Health care centers. There are 86 medical institutions in the rural areas, and 64 medical institutions in the urban areas. The Second State Health Systems Development Project, has been contributing evidently towards adding, renovating and maintaining the health care institutions in the state in contrast to provision of equipment and chemicals for the diagnostic facilities.

Punjab remains one of the bright spots in the country, showing an upward growth trajectory in terms of the efficient health care facilities in the state. The state has witnessed to be undergoing the transformation into a pharmaceutical hub, owing to the emergence of various health sector tycoons such as Biocon, Max, Ranbaxy, and Merck proposing to invest lucratively in the health care of the state. The government of Punjab has been working responsively towards improving the performance and the efficiency of the health care system in Punjab by improving the institutional framework of the existing policies and initiating new policies for the development of the health services. Meanwhile, Punjab continues to be an anchor of stability and economic growth in the country.

Infra for Cancer Treatment witnesses upgrade in Punjab

Numbers sourced from a survey by the Government of Punjab showed on January 28, 2013 that there are at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population in the state, which woefully is higher than the national average of 80 per 100,000 population. The Malwa region – which is already infuriated as the cancer belt witnessed the highest number of cancer patients—107 in 100,000 population through the survey. Mansa, Muktsar, Bathinda and Ferozpur districts are also seen to be at peak of cancer patients in the state.

Infra for Cancer Treatment witnesses upgrade in Punjab.pngThe deadly messages from the disease came as a battle cry for the state government to amply various initiatives to curb this menace. Keeping in view the same, the 4th Invest north, a conclave to leverage investment and business opportunities organized a compendium of Projects for investments in Punjab. With the visionary far sight of the healthcare sector, 260 acres of land was approved, out of which 80 acres is already allotted for set up of the Tata Cancer & research hospital and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital & research center in New Chandigarh.

The healthcare sector in Punjab is budding in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Bhatinda and Jalandhar through the idealistic PPP model of the Punjab government.

The Punjab Private Partnership (PPP) model is the visionary policy framework of the healthcare sector by the Punjab government, with a view to make the healthcare sector easily accessible, prompt and hassle free for the common masses of the state.

Under the Punjab Private Partnership (PPP) model, two cancer hospitals are being set – up in the state with the helping hand of Max Healthcare. Owing to the responsive financial assistance by Max Healthcare, an amount of Rs 4.5 crore have already been deposited as the up front and an amount of Rs. 1.50 crore for these mega-hospital projects at Mohali and Bhatinda respectively. In contrast to this, the company shall also give away five per cent of its gross turnover every year to the state Government. The estimated time for the completion of both these projects is 18 months. The Malaysia – based, Columbia Asia group is also setting up a secondary hospital in Patiala. An investment of Rs. 150 crore is made by the state government for the modernization of Amritsar medical college, and Rs. 68 crore for the upgradation of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.

Hospitals such as Apollo Hospitals Group, Fortis Healthcare center, IVY hospital, etc are contributing in large numbers towards accelerating the growth of healthcare sector in the state. The initiative of the Punjab government to set-up new research institutes and medical colleges shall definitely help in putting a halt to the cancer misery. Needless to say, such concentrated efforts of the government shall witness a paradigm shift of the agrarian state into the development of the health care sector.


Sangrur Cancer Hospital bringing the best medical care to Punjab

With the help of Tata Memorial centre Mumbai, Punjab government has been able to help the cancer patient who usually used to travel outside the state for treatment. With all the modern facilities available the cancer hospital has been established in civil hospital, Sangrur.

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Termed as India’s Bread Basket, Punjab has given India major food products since the very beginning. Providing high yielding crops has had its toll on the state and it farmers. Cancer has plunged its roots deep in the state.

In the wake of such developments Punjab state government has seen to it as a necessity to provide the citizens with good health care. More so it has been a need to provide the state with a cancer hospital. Which would result in people availing benefits that they look forward for in neighbouring states be provided in Punjab itself!

After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Memorial Centre, Punjab government gave it citizens something that was much needed, a cancer hospital. According to the MoU signed between the two Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital (HBCH) was opened up in Sangrur. HBCH provide the residents of the state with treatment to the disease of cancer and would also work towards preventing it.

It was decided by the same that Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital (HBCH) be opened at the Civil hospital, Sangrur. This would even act as a facility of the Homi Bhabha cancer hospital research centre located in Mohali.

The causes of cancer being large in the state are still unknown but studies indicate towards a specific direction, one we choose to ignore. The vast use of chemical fertilisers and industrialisation has contaminated the water in the areas of the state.

The population of Sangrur is now able to attain the benefits of the Cancer hospital. Earlier for which they had to often leave the state and travel to neighbouring states for the same. The MoU signed with Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) Mumbai establishes the centre within the civil hospital. The cancer Hospital is expected to house and attend patients between 2500 and 3000 cancer patients. It is expected to attend numerous patients in the coming four to five years.

A write up in the ‘Global post’ claimed that in a village named Sher Singh Wala cancer has affected almost every other home in the 2000 resident village. The main reason for cancer in the state has been sighted as the level of toxins increasing in the water due to chemical fertilisers.

The Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital consists of 10 day care beds. Three intensive care units have also been set up to the count of three, there are three more recovery beds and eight inpatient beds. The centre is well equipped with modern technology to treat patients in the best possible way. It is well equipped to diagnose and treat patients with high end facilities. There are also chemotherapy and surgical facility. RT treatment requirements like 3D-CRT, SRS, IMRT, IGRT, etc. have been made available too.

All set for AIIMS Bathinda

As the Union health ministry granted approval for setting up the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 175 acres of land of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been identified by the state government on the outskirts of Bathinda city on the Dabwali road, under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

All set for AIIMS Bathinda.pngThe Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), was initiated in the year 2006 with the motive of putting a halt at the imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare facilities in the different parts of the country in general, and accelerating the facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States in particular. This was done by setting up six institutions in the line of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and upgradation of the 13 existing Government medical college institutions.

Under the proficient guidance of the Prime minister, Narendra Modi and the Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley and the Union minister of health and family welfare, JP Nadda the Union health ministry gave a nod for the setting up of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in Bathinda city. The area of almost 175 acres of land, belonging to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) along the Bathinda – Dabwali road shall be used for setting up AIIMS.

Captain Amarinder Singh opposed the idea of using the area under Punjab Agricultural University for setting up the AIIMS, Bathinda owing to the fact that the land of PAU was only meant for the agricultural research purpose. However, setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in Bathinda shall accelerate the economic growth and gross domestic product (GDP) in the cancer belt, of the Malwa region in Punjab.

While approving the coming up of AIIMS, Bathinda, the Union minister for food processing industry and a Member of Parliament (MP), Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated “The Union government has also asked the Punjab government about required infrastructure, roads, water and electricity supply at the identified site. There is no health institution where people can get affordable and quality treatment in the region. The institute will also benefit the neighboring Haryana and Rajasthan.”

It would not be incorrect to claim that, the setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in Bathinda talks of a resounding recovery in the healthcare sector of the Punjab state, in terms of providing easily accessible, affordable, prompt and hassle free services to the patients in the state.

The healthcare sector of Punjab roared past estimates to post a whooping growth rate. The Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government’s role as a stimulator, which is expected to strengthen the economy has seen to be fulfilled to a large extent. The long standing policies, structural impediments and research techniques of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda shall definitely contribute to the growth of the healthcare sector of Punjab towards achieving its full potential.