Monday, September 25, 2023


Ludhiana, : District level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee’s review meeting regarding various ongoing schemes under the National Health Mission (NHM) was held at Bachat Bhawan, here today. This meeting was chaired by Ludhiana Member of Parliament Mr Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress MLA’s Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Mr Surinder Dawar, Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal, besides several other senior officials of the district administration.
A total of 20 stake holders of NHM including the Health Department, took part in today’s meeting, which was mainly aimed at reviewing various projects under NHM in the district.
During the meeting, MP Mr Ravneet Singh Bittu and other members of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee alleged that the health department is not providing proper health related facilities in the district. Reacting to this, Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal said that the Punjab government is committed for providing health and education to the residents on priority basis. He said if still there is some problem, he would get the matter checked thoroughly and would make sure there is no such problem.
Committee member Mr Raman Subramaniam said that there is acute shortage of doctors and other para medical staff in Primary Health Centres and Health Centres of the district. He said that due to which, the health department is unable to provide health facilities to the common man. Mr Subramaniam also demanded that the number of beds at drug de-addiction centre at Jagraon should be increased and that there is need of blood bank in Jagraon. Civil Surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal assured that very soon, there would be no shortage of staff in health department and that the drug de-addiction centre in Jagraon is already under the process of getting upgraded from 50 bedded to 100 bedded. She informed that the building of blood bank is also under construction.
Another member stated that residents of Mullanpur-Dakha area are often referred to Community Health Centre at Sahnewal instead of Community Health Centre at Sudhar. He rued that for reaching Sahnewal, residents have to travel more than 35 kilometres whereas Sudhar is hardly eight kilometres away. To this, the Civil Surgeon said that they have already written about it to the senior officers of health department and that the matter would be resolved soon.
Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal said that the main aim of this meeting was to implement various schemes under NHM in their true spirit. He said that the District Administration always consults all stake holders before implementing government schemes.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included ADC (Development) Mr Supreet Singh Gulati, ACA GLADA Mrs Neeru Katyal, besides several others.

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