Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024


SAS Nagar-Punjab Chief Secretary Mr Anurag Verma on Friday carried out a shock inspection of Civil Hospital Mohali. After the inspection, whereas speaking to media individuals, he stated that the aim of this inspection was to examine and be sure that the announcement by Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann relating to offering free medicines to the sufferers at Government hospitals was being correctly carried out.

Mr. Verma additionally spoke to sufferers popping out of the Civil Hospital and inquired from them as to whether or not they had been supplied all of the medicines prescribed by the medical doctors freed from price. All the sufferers confirmed that they’d acquired free medicines and appreciated this public welfare initiative of the Government.

Mr. Verma stated that in session with the medical doctors, an Essential Drug List (EDL) comprising of 276 medicine has been ready by the Health Department. Out of those, charge contracts have been finished for 90% of the medicine. For the remaining medicine and drug prescribed by Government medical doctors, the Senior Medical Officers (SMO) will buy the medicines from the market and supply them to the sufferers in order that sufferers shouldn’t have to spend something from their pocket for buy of prescribed medicines. For this objective, Rs. 25 Cr has been authorised by the Chief Minister. The Financial powers of SMOs have been elevated from Rs. 25, 000 to Rs. 2.50 Lakhs to allow them to buy these medicines.

The Chief Secretary stated that there are 23 District Hospitals, 41 Sub Divisional Hospitals and 161 Community Health Centres within the State. The above system has been put in place in all these hospitals. He additional stated that yesterday on his instructions all of the Deputy Commissioners within the State had carried out an inspection of their District Hospitals to make sure implementation of above resolution. In addition, all of the Deputy Commissioners held detailed assembly with Civil Surgeons and SMOs to resolve any teething issues.

Mr. Verma stated that if any affected person coming to any of the above Government Hospitals doesn’t get the drugs prescribed by the Government physician, he/she ought to instantly get in contact with the SMO or the DC involved. In addition, the matter could also be reported at Helpline No. 1100. He additionally directed the Health Department to make sure that this public welfare resolution of the Government is carried out in letter and spirit.

The Chief Secretary was accompanied by Principal Secretary, Health Mr. Ajoy Sharma and MD, Punjab Health System Corporation Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma.

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