State government will waive fee for diagnostic tests and scans at the government hospitals in the state, said principal secretary (health), Vini Mahajan.
She said the government had decided to conduct 50 tests and scans free of cost at government hospitals across the state. The government hospitals are already providing free medicines to patients. People should dial 104, a toll-free helpline, to register their grievances and suggestions with the health department, she added.
She was here on Sunday along with other senior officials of health department for a workshop at Government Medical College, Patiala, to enhance the working potential of medical officers working in rural areas. Adviser, health and medical education Dr KK Talwar, secretary health Husan Lal, director, health services, Dr Harinderpal Singh Bali, director, family welfare Dr Usha Bansal, and director, medical education and research, Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi were also present.
Dr Talwar said a majority of the population of the state was living in rural areas and doctors and staff appointed in these areas should provide quality services to them. He directed the officials to educate and aware the staff about the welfare schemes being run by the state government in the health sector.
Husan Lal said that high-risk pregnant women need special attention so that health officials should identify them and draw a special action plan for their treatment.