The long-standing demand of the beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in Gurgaon for another dispensary is likely to be met soon.
An MoU will be signed between the CGHS and Haryana health services department for a new building at sector 56, which will house the dispensary. "We are eager to hand over our building to the CGHS at the earliest, so that a new dispensary can come up.
All procedures have been completed and now the file has to be sent to the financial commissioner, health department, Haryana, for the final approval," said Dr Narvir Singh, director general, health service (DGHS), Haryana.
Once, the DGHS gets the nod from the financial commissioner, the MoU will be signed between the CGHS and the DGHS, after which the building will be handed over.
"As the financial commissioner has been transferred, the procedure might get delayed, but I hope it will be done in three-four days," he said.
The dispensary at sector 56 will serve thousands of CGHS beneficiaries in the city.
"Due to convenient location of the new building, a large number of patients can be treated at one time. However, doctors, staff and infrastructure will be decided only after we get possession of the building," said Jai Shree Bhatnagar, additional director CGHS, south zone.
The CGHS was under pressure from Gurgaon beneficiaries for long. The lone dispensary of Jacompura serves 30,000-odd patients. There is not only shortage of doctors and staff, but it also lacks adequate infrastructure.
"The existing dispensary will also be shifted to a new building in Sector 5, where construction is in full swing. We will appoint more doctors and staff," said Bhatnagar, who visited the dispensary, recently.
"We've no choice but to bear the brunt of inadequate facilities at the dispensary. We've approached the CGHS many times and have been told that a new dispensary will be opened in Sector 56. We are waiting for that," said Sanjeev Kumar, general secretary, CGHS beneficiaries' welfare association, Gurgaon. The worried beneficiaries have also approached Haryana health minister Rao Mahender Singh, seeking his help in transferring the Sector 56 building to CGHS.