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Poor health services in Machhiwara block
Ravi Inder Singh Makkar

Machhiwara, July 12
Punjab Health Systems Corporation, which was formed to provide better health services in the state has become a white elephant due to the poor working in many government hospitals.

After the corporation came into existence, the working of the Primary Health Centre Machhiwara has gone from bad to worse, where only two medical officers are available against the required five. The rooms of gynaecologist, surgeon and medical officer bear a deserted look due to the non-availability of doctors. The dentist comes thrice a week only, while the SMO of the hospital remains busy in administrative responsibilities. The emergency services in the hospital are almost non-existent. When some poor patient is brought in the so-called emergency ward of this health unit, the patient and his attendants have to wait for quite a long time because the doctor supposed to be on duty is “not on duty” but “on call” in the hospital staff’s language.

Two years ago, the beautification of the hospital complex, especially shining flooring tiles and marble, created a ray of hope of better facilities amongst people of the area. Motto and quotations on walls, written in a beautiful contrast of colours, give a good impression to the strangers. However, doctors work with the aid of torches at night despite the availability of a big generator. Dirty toilets and bed sheets also speak about the sickness of the hospital.

The condition of six rural dispensaries falling in Machhiwara block is also pitiable. The dispensary at Jhar Sahib is without a pharmacist for the past many years. There is neither a doctor nor a pharmacist at the Panjgrain dispensary. There is a doctor at the Chhaurian dispensary but no pharmacist. The pharmacist at Burma village is on deputation to Machhiwara for many years and the medical officer of Sihala has applied for pre-mature retirement. Villagers of Noorpur have been waiting for a doctor for many years where a pharmacist is giving treatment to patients.

There are only three multi-purpose health workers against 20 posts in the whole block. So much so that some of the 20 sub-dispensaries in the block are without an ANM. The government didn’t feel the necessity to provide sufficient Safai Sewaks for the whole block.

It has been observed that very few doctors want to join duty in this rural block. If a doctor joins duty all of a sudden, he gets himself transferred immediately because he is more worried about the education and living standard of his wards than working here.

Mr Anil Sood, president, Nagar Council, Mr Tehal Singh Aujla, president, Arhtiyas Association, Mr Rupinder Singh Benipal, general secretary of the All-India Youth Akali Dal, Circle Jathedar, Harjit Singh Sherian, Councillors Ujjagar Singh, Sushil Luthra and Ashok Sood have taken a serious view of the condition of the PHC Machhiwara and have urged the state government and the Health Department to provide better facilities at the earliest.



Kapoor hospital doctors, nurses hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Hundreds of employees of B.L. Kapoor Memorial Hospital today staged a demonstration against the hospital management, the Medical Superintendent and the clerical staff, alleging that they had embezzled huge amounts of money while the doctors and nurses had not got salaries for the past several months.

The protesting employees, which included several doctors and nurses, alleged that the clerical staff in connivance with the Medical Superintendent, Dr T.S. Cheema, and other members of the management were sharing the earnings of the hospital among themselves.

While the doctors have not been paid the salaries for the past eight months, the nursing staff has not been paid salaries for the past four months. Interestingly the clerical staff is reportedly drawing regular salary with due increments and other benefits.

There are about 200 shops owned by the trust managing the hospital. Employees have been demanding that the accounts of the hospital be audited.

Some employees alleged that the hospital management had also sold some prime land worth crores of rupees on the Ferozepur road. They alleged that the money which should have been spent on the upgrading and improving of the services of the hospital has not been accounted so far.

They also alleged that a certain senior member of the management was diverting patients to hospital run by his relative.

The employees said they had already served an ultimatum on the management in this regard. In case the management failed in its responsibility, the employees said they would intensify the agitation.

They pointed out that the highhandedness of the management. They sought the intervention of the district administration to resolve the crisis at the earliest.



Medical camp for diabetic patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 12
A free medical check-up camp for diabetic patients was organised at Gurdev Hospital here today.
Dr S.S. Grewal, Director, Gurdev Hospital, inaugurated the camp and Dr Harkamal Sidhu, Head of the Medicine Department of the hospital and former head of GTB Hospital, examined the patients.

Dr Harkamal Sidhu said 150 patients were examined and tests were conducted on 100 patients for diabetes. She said eyes of diabetic patients were tested to check the effect of sugar on their eyes.

The patients were also provided with diet charts.

Dr Sidhu said three more such camps would be organised. She said in case the hospital received request from any village, panchayat or NGOs, camps would be organised there also.

Dr Ranjit Cheema, Medical Superintendent, and Dr Waheguru Pal Singh, Head of the Surgery Department of the hospital, were also present.



Tributes paid to hockey player
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 12
Tributes were paid to Gurbhej Singh Dev, former hockey player and younger brother of national hockey coach and Deputy Director, Haryana Sports, Mr Baldev Singh, who died last Sunday.

A large number of present and former hockey stars, sports officials, sports organisers and sports lovers attended the bhog ceremony today.

Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Mr Varinder Arya, secretary, Haryana Hockey Coaches’ Association, Mr Manmohan Singh, secretary, Unique Hockey Society, Shahbad Markanda, Mr Ashok Aggarwal, Deputy Director, Sports, Haryana, representatives of Grewal Sports Association, Kila Raipur, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Association Jarkhar condoled the death of Gurbhej Singh and expressed sympathies with the family.


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