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Top health official’s visit brings hope for CGHS beneficiaries

Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, November 20, 2012
First Published: 01:25 IST(20/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:27 IST(20/11/2012)

The director general of the ministry of health and family welfare, RK Jain, made a surprise visit to Gurgaon after HT published a story on November 10 — ‘Sector 5 dispensary awaits Huda nod’ — which highlighted the plight of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries. He also met officials of the CGHS Beneficiaries’ Welfare Association, Gurgaon (CGHS BWA).

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Now, the 80,000 beneficiaries would not have to go to the Jacobpura dispensary, as the sector 55-56 unit would become operational  by the first week of December.

“The director general has directed his juniors to begin work on logistics of the dispensary,” said Sanjeev Saxena, general secretary, CGHS BWA, Gurgaon. The Haryana health ministry had given the built-up of six-room dispensary to CGHS on a two-year lease. It is being renovated.

Jain also ensured that life saving drugs would be available in all CGHS dispensaries. “Ten days from now, all life saving drugs will be available in Gurgaon. Patients don’t have to go to Delhi to purchase them,” said SN Gupta, a member of the association.

The medicine counters at these dispensaries will be open till 1.30pm every day. “Patients rush to purchase medicines as only one dispensary is functional — the one at Jacobpura, which has a daily footfall of about 900 patients,” added Saxena.

The dispensary at Sector 5 which is yet to get completion certificate from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) will be operational by January 2013.

“We are planning to speak to the Huda officials in Chandigarh regarding clearance of this dispensary, as it would speed up the process,” said Gupta.


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