Clinical Establishments Act in Punjab soon: Health Minister

March 13, 2019 04:47 PM

MOHALI:  Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra on Wednesday reiterated to adopt the Clinical Establishments Act in the state soon.  The Act, he said would check unfair practice against patients and bring more transparency and clarity in medical treatment as well.

The Minister was speaking during the launch of a ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ a kidney support group and a dedicated Kidney Helpline at Ivy Hospital, Mohali.

Among others, Gurtej Singh, Chairman of Ivy Group of Hospitals, Dr. Kanwaldeep (Medical Director); Dr Avinash Srivastava , Director Urology & Renal Transplant Surgery; Dr Raka Kaushal, Director Nephrology and Dr Aruna B. Bhoy , Facility Director were presented during the occasion.   

The Minister said further that the Act would be doctors friendly and govt before putting it into force,  would consult all stakeholders including in corporate, small and big players in private health sector also.  

Punjab government prime concern is to ensure quality health facilities to state people and Act would help the people in getting all relevant information before getting the treatment, he remarked.  

He said we are also going to launch universal health policy in state under which 43-lakh people of state would get Rs. 5-lakh health insurance. It would bring healthcare within the reach of every needy person in the state, he added.  

Meanwhile ‘Punjab Kidney Foundation’ is a support group where registered members will meet every two months. In this forum, the members will be empowered with knowledge through awareness program about disease, treatment modalities, diet and lifestyle management etc. Thus, will resolve their common queries like - what options do they have, who can donate kidney, what should be the frequency of dialysis, and dietary advice etc.

This forum will be open for all kidney failure patients & their relatives, other than Ivy hospital patients. Apart from the interactive sessions, diet classes for kidney patients and fun activities will be organized. Kidney Helpline no. 9888 3888 09 will be managed by the qualified team to educate patient and guide them.

During the occasion, around dozen of the donors, who donated their kidneys to save the lives of their beloved ones, were also felicitated. Those felicitated included; Swatantra and Shobha , both mothers who donated kidneys to save life of their respective sons ; Sudha , Surjit Kaur , Kuljeet Kaur Paramjeet Kaur, Supinder Kaur  and Jarnial Kaur who all donated kidneys to save the life of their better halves; Prakarti, a young girl who donated to her mother; Pawan Taneja and Kuldip Singh who donated kidney to save their respective wives’ life and Karan who saved his sister life, by donating his kidney.

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