A free drug store for the poor and needy patients became operational in the emergency ward of the Government Rajindra Hospital here on Saturday, after it was formally inaugurated by panchayat and rural development minister of Punjab Surjit Singh Rakhra.
The store has been set up in collaboration with the Patiala Health Foundation based in the United States. Rakhra said this new free drug store has come as a boon to accident victims who were brought to the hospital in a critical condition and needed medicines immediately. Medicines worth Rs 70,000 would be made available by the foundation every month at this drug store.
Rakhra also inaugurated a C-arm machine in the operation theatre of the trauma centre of the hospital. This machine has been installed in collaboration with the Patiala Gomco Alumni Association and would help doctors view the surgical procedures on a computer screen. This facility has been installed in a government hospital for the first time, Rakhra said.
Rakhra also inspected the proposed site of a night shelter project in the hospital. It has been planned to house 30 to 40 beds for the attendants of the patients.
Functionaries of the Patiala Health Foundation, senior doctors, besides medical superintendent Dr VK Sharda and deputy medical superintendent Dr Harshindar Kaur, were present on the occasion.