Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, on Tuesday, paid a surprise visit to the government hospital in Sunam and pulled up the doctors and the management of the hospital to ensure cleanliness in the hospital.
Jyani also inspected the facilities being provided to the patients and found that the ultrasound machine of the hospital was out of order and there was no refrigerator in the emergency ward. He directed the chief medical officer (CMO) to ensure all facilities to the patients visiting the hospital before his next week's visit.
During the visit, Jyani also talked to the patients and asked the doctors to ensure all facilities and treatment to patients, especially to the poor.
Jayani also asked the doctors to put up complaint boxes at the hospital to know about the problems being faced by the patients.
The minister said the state government was committed to ensure cleanliness and security at all government hospitals to provide best healthcare to the patients. He also directed the doctors to ensure free treatment and diet to pregnant women as per the policy of the state government.
When contacted, Sangrur CMO, Subodh Gupta, said, "Tthe ultrasound machine has been replaced, and the directions have been issued for the cleanliness of the hospital."
Later, talking ot mediapersons, Jyani admitted the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the government hospitals of the state and said that the government was making a new policy to fill the vacant posts of the doctors in the government hospitals soon.
"We have found that doctors are not willing to join their duties even after appointments, but now we are making efforts to deal with the situation so that the problem could be solved," he said, adding, "Doctors, who will be selected for doing postgraduate courses would be asked to give a bond for rs 50
lakh undertaking to render government service for 10 years."