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Dr Sidhu visits city health centres, finds staff absent

BJP MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu visited the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in city and found poor attendance of officials and lack of essential medicines at the PHCs that she checked on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Nov 10, 2013 00:01 IST
HT Correspondent

BJP MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu visited the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in city and found poor attendance of officials and lack of essential medicines at the PHCs that she checked on Saturday.

Sidhu, who herself belonged to the medical profession and was a government doctor before she joined politics with her cricketer husband and Amritsar MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu herself had faced the problems as in-charge of PHCs.

Sidhu first checked a PHC at Lopoke, where out of total 60 staff, only 20 were present. The senior medical officer (SMO) was alo absent at the PHC.

The BJP MLA found patients waiting outside the x-ray room as it was locked and the radiographer was absent.

Perturbed at the numbers absent from duty, Dr Sidhu decided to check the attendance register for the last nine days. She found the SMO present only on four days.

Sidhu talked to the staff and some patients and found that there was an acute shortage of medicines at the Lopoke PHC. She also found lack of hygiene at the PHC.

However, Sindhu did not give any threat of taking disciplinary action against the absentee staff, rather she instructed the staff to maintain attendance and procure medicines for the needy.

Sidhu visited another PHC at Attari, where she found just one doctor on duty at the OPD. She spoke to the civil surgeon and asked him to recruit more doctors and paramedics at the PHC.

While talking to patients and their families she found that parents of a majority of children born during the period of terror attacks in the area did not have birth certificates as the PHC had remained under-staffed. Dr Sidhu assured them that she would look into the matter.