Punjab To Invest Rs 346 Cr On Health Care
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06 October 2010
By Hemant Singh
The project involves building more hospitals of 30 to 100 bed capacity and purchasing modern equipments and recruiting more doctors
In a move which would give an impetus to quality health care services in Punjab, the state government has finalised a plan to invest Rs 346 crore on improving infrastructure, purchasing modern equipment and recruiting more doctors.
The project involves building more hospitals of 30 to 100 bed capacity. Besides upgrading various district and sub–divisional hospitals along with community health centres, the government plans to construct 29 community health centres, a district hospital at Nawanshahr and sub–divisional hospitals in Khadoor Sahib, Bholath, Moonak, Tappa and Guddha.
"Of the total money, Rs 280 crore will be spent on civil works and the rest Rs 66 crore to upgrade hospitals and purchase of new equipments. For the creation of a world–class government drug–testing laboratory, Rs 45 crore will go into it," Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary Satish Chandra said.
"Muktsar and Tarn Taran districts have 50–bed and 60–bed hospitals, respectively. The capacity of hospitals will be increased by 50 and 60 beds, respectively. The 60–bed hospitals in Nawanshahr will be relocated and and upgraded to 100–bed capacity at a cost of Rs 17.50 crore," Chandra added.
The work has been allotted and the project is expected to be over by March, 2011. Since the overhaul of healthcare services in the state is being taken on a large scale, the Punjab Health System Corporation and the Public Works Department will also contribute to the project. Various agencies have been involved so that work can be expedited and deadline be adhered to, the Principal Secretary added.