Punjab govt to begin door-to-door healthcare diagnostic services in state

  • PTI, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2016 20:00 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurating the Advanced Cancer Institute in Bathinda on Thursday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Thursday the government would soon start a new scheme to provide healthcare diagnostic services to the people at their doorsteps.

The sole aim of the government is to ensure proper health check up of the people, he said, adding, initially the scheme would cover tests of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and blood pressure.

The state government would soon finalise the scheme, Badal said while inaugurating the state-of-the art Advanced Cancer Institute in Bathinda. Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was also present on the occasion.

The CM said this project has been completed in its stipulated time-frame at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

Badal envisioned the institute to be a hub of quality cancer treatment on par with the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.

He said the state government has made concerted efforts to provide quality cancer treatment facilities at Amritsar, Patiala, Faridkot, Sangrur and other districts of the state.

The state government has disbursed Rs 401 crore to around 32,000 patients for the treatment at the empanelled cancer hospitals under chief minister’s cancer relief fund, Badal said.

He said for the first time a health insurance of Rs 50,000 has been started for the people and very soon around 2000 medical stores would be opened across the state for providing free medicines to chronic patients.

Later, on sidelines of the function, the CM said the announcement of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to equate election manifesto with scriptures has “deeply bruised” the psyche of every countryman.

Badal said the apology being offered by AAP leaders on this issue was of no use as it could not undo the damage done by them.

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