Several measures approved to improve healthcare

In a bid to improve healthcare delivery system in the state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday gave his nod to the Health Department for the recruitment of specialist doctors and other para-medical staff for Community Health Centres (CHCs) on priority.

In a high-level meeting of the Health Department at Punjab Bhawan, a task group on Health and Medical Education of Punjab Governance Reforms Commission, under the leadership of the chairman of the Medical Council professor K K Talwar, submitted three reports regarding recommendations to improve the standards of public health facilities in the state as well as skill development and training of para-medical staff.

Badal has also asked the Medical Education and Research Department to depute more senior residents in all government medical colleges and commended efforts to initiate walk-in interview by the department for recruitment of specialist doctors. Badal asked the department to work out a strategy to attract more professionals besides conducting regular campus interviews. He also approved the proposal of the health department for a special child healthcare programme to redress nutritional deficiency amongst children.

Badal also approved the recommendations of the task group to commence 37 new courses to be run by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences for skill development for youth in the health sector.

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