During the recent inauguration of a pharmaceutical plant in Kharar, Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jayani announced the state government would appoint 250 MBBS doctors across the state. Jayani also laid the foundation stone for a food and drug testing laboratory in Kharar, saying it would be completed by February 2016.
The minister said the state government had been making consistent efforts to provide better health facilities to the public. He also mentioned that in order to ensure timely availability of requisite medicines in civil hospitals and health centres, drug ware houses had been constructed at Bathinda, Attari (Amritsar) and Kharar. "Earlier, these medicines were being provided to the hospitals directly which resulted in excess stock and expiry. However, the requisite stock of these medicines will be provided through these ware houses from now on. The medicines will be delivered within 12 hours," he added.
Jayani further said specialist doctors would be appointed as well in the near future. A new recruitment policy has been prepared in this regard so as to ensure availability of requisite expertise and technical staff in the state.
The health minister also spoke about the ongoing drug de-addiction campaign in the state.
"Fortunately, various social organisations as well as the general public has been quite cooperative as far as the campaign against drug menace initiated in Punjab, is concerned. The government will establish drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres in each of the 22 districts in the state. Each centre will have a capacity of 50 beds to ensure the victim's treatment as psychiatrists will also be present here to help out the patients," he said