In an attempt to improve the healthcare services in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh virtually announced projects worth Rs 125 crores on Monday (September 13) including the statewide radio diagnostic and laboratory services and the revamped 108 ambulance emergency response system.
The projects were launched on the 534th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev (Vhyah Purb) from Batala and Mohali. He also dedicated the first-of-its-kind CM e-Clinic facility pilot in Batala to effectively address the shortage of specialist medical counselling and treatment in rural areas.
There can be no better day than the ‘Babe Da Vyah Utsav’ for the launch of these facilities, said Amarinder Singh, extending his greetings to people on the pious occasion. The highly specialised medical services to be rolled out across the state by the end of November this year will prove to be a boon for people, especially the poor for whom expert private-sector medical care is out of reach, he said.
Punjab has been divided into six parts for this project in which one MRI and 25 CT scan facilities would cover every district hospital at a cost of Rs 80 crore, besides one reference lab, 30 district laboratories, and 95 collection centres would be covering 23 districts at a cost of Rs 25 crore to ensure round-the-clock medical services.
The Chief Minister said five per cent of the total cases will be provided free diagnostic facilities to provide help to the needy. The projects entail an employment generation potential for 750 people who would be trained as technicians. The projects would be launched by the state on a public-private partnership model in collaboration with Krsnaa Diagnostics Ltd.
Under the revamped Dial 108 Ambulance Emergency Response System Service, innovations in information technology have been co-opted into the existing 104 and 112 medical helplines further streamlining the service delivery mechanism. Relatives of patients can track the movement of ambulances online for quick and timely delivery of emergency service.