Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani and Punjab agriculture minister Tota Singh jointly laid the foundation stone of the new building of the maternity ward at Dr Mathura Dass Pahwa civil hospital here on Tuesday.
Earlier, both ministers laid two foundation stones of the new buildings of primary health centres at Dharamkot and Kot-Ise-Khan towns also.
Jyani, Tota Singh and Barjinder Singh Brar, chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC), also visited wards of the hospitals at Moga, Dharamkot and Kot-Ise-Khan and talked to the patients in various wards to know about the facilities they were getting. Jyani said that the response of the patients about the facilities being provided to them was positive.
Addressing the gathering at Moga hospital, Jyani said that the Punjab government has also decided to upgrade the Moga hospital from 100 to 130 beds and this process will be completed by next month.
"All buildings of the Moga, Dharamkot and Kot-Ise-Khan hospitals will be completed in the next four months and the government has granted Rs 9.40 crore for completing these projects. The new office for senior medical officer and chief medical officer and new toilets will built in all wards of the hospital," said the minister.
The minister also directed the doctors to prescribe only generic medicines available in the hospitals and, if a medicine is not available in the hospital, they should prescribe only salt names.
Jyani promised to the people of all medical facilities and said that medicines are available at the moment in all hospitals across the state. He directed the health officials that the drive against adulteration should be continued across the state.
Jyani also asked the health officials to specify timing during which doctors would attend to the medical representatives so that patients do not face inconvenience.
Barjinder Singh Brar, chairman of PHSC, local legislator Joginder Pal Jain, senior BJP leader Mohan Lal Sethi, former vice president of the SAD Sukhwinder Singh Brar and senior medical officer Arwinder Singh Gill also addressed the gathering.