Now, patients and their relatives can get quality food and drink products at the government hospitals, as the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) has decided to open Verka booths at sub-divisional and civil hospitals.
Information regarding signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between PHSC and Milkfed has been sent to the deputy medical commissioner (DMC), recently.
DMC Dr Jasbir Singh said, “Verka booths will be opened at seven hospitals, including civil surgeon's office in Ludhiana, soon. The opening of booths is under process and we have informed the senior medical officers and authorities concerned to prepare the action plan.”
Dr Jasbir Singh said, “The main motive behind this MoU is to provide quality food and drinking products to the patients and their relatives in hospitals. It has been observed that no proper canteen is being run at government hospitals, thus people have to go outside to get eatables. This will ensure quality eatables are delivered to the patients on genuine rates.”
In Ludhiana district, Verka booths will be opened at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, ESI Hospital, civil surgeon's office, and civil hospitals in Jagraon, Khanna, Samrala and Raikot.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the past complaints had been received regarding poor quality food products being served at the canteen in Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, after which even the district food safety officer also conducted raid and collected samples.
The booth in civil surgeon's office is almost ready. Recently, a new shed has been made particularly for the suwidha centre. This centre will be used for the opening of Verka booth, which also has proper seating facilities for the
people coming to suwidha centre to get birth and death certificates.
Lakhwinder Singh, who came from Jagraon to civil surgeon's office to get a birth certificate, appreciated the proposal. He said, “We have to wait for long at times here, as we don't get certificates immediately. As we have to come from faraway places, we can't go back home, so we end up waiting here. Thus, availability of quality eatables will help have lunch in the free time.”