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Govt to start biometric attendance in hospitals 

Chandigarh, January 11

To ensure punctuality of medical officers and other medical and para medical staff, the Health Department has decided to install biometric attendance system in all government hospitals.Health Minister Brahm Mohindra today said this in a press conference held to flag the notable achievements of the department within 10 months. He said the plan would start with introducing the system in 22 district hospitals.He said the Health Department would establish 2,950 health wellness centres in the state. The minister added that Punjab was the first state in the country that had taken this initiative. He said these centres would be established in a phased manner and under the first phase 240 such wellness centres would be opened within this year in Fazilka and Pathankot districts and in two blocks of Patiala district.The Health Minister said the Congress in its election manifesto had promised to set up five new medical colleges and hospitals in the state. He said construction of the first college would start in Mohali this year.The minister stressed on the need to establish trauma centres to extend crucial life-saving health care to the injured during critical hours.He said the state government had decided to set up five trauma centres across the state. He added that in the first phase these trauma centres would come up along the national and state highways.The minister further added that the state government was all set to initiate the first-of-its-kind unique programme, under which State Organ Tissue Transplantation organisation would be established to provide organ and tissue donation under tertiary health care services.Other decisions 

  • 50 new ambulances will be rolled out including five advance life-saving ambulances
  • 66 generic medicine shops will be opened at various government hospitals under Mukhya Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana
  • Universal health insurance scheme will be launched this year to facilitate tertiary health care services
  • Dialysis units will be established in six subdivisional hospitals
  • Two 50-bed hospitals will be established at Moga and Zirakpur

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