Now total 208 Centres to boost Primary Health Care in Jalandhar
Centres to further strengthening the infrastructure in fight against COVID pandemic: MLA & DC
By Babushahi Bureau
Jalandhar, November 21, 2020: With an aim to augment primary health care services and infrastructure amid the Covid pandemic, Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku and Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Saturday dedicated 16 Health and Wellness centers (Tandarust Punjab Sehat Kendras) in Jalandhar.
The Jalandhar will now have 208 Health and Wellness centers with upgraded 172 sub-health centers, eight urban and 28 rural primary health centers.
Participating in the state level virtual inauguration ceremony of 107 Health and Wellness Centres by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Jalandhar West MLA and Deputy Commissioner said that these centers would be operated by Community Health Officers and will offer treatment for various non-communicable diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, and others.
They said that to run these centers, the nursing officers (staff nurses) have been trained by the health department under a specially designed bridge program adding they have undergone six-month training of Community Health Officers from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). They revealed that during the course, theoretical and practical training has been imparted to the Community Health Officers.
They said that these centers will prove instrumental in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic effectively by ensuring early reporting of the suspected cases at the first stage.
They said the spread of contagion can be curbed with early testing of suspected cases having influenza-like symptoms and would help to break the transmission chain of the the virus at the earliest.
They stated that the centers will also reduce the workload on the civil hospital's doctors. They claimed that it is first of kind initiative in the country by the government and they have high hopes that these centers would ensure health services to each resident at their doorsteps in urban and rural areas of the district.
They also lauded the contribution of health workers and doctors in this war against Covid and called them ‘Soldiers without uniform’.
On the Occasion, Staff Nurse Kamaljeet Kaur who has been performing Covid duty since March 2020 also spoke to the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh during the virtual conference.
Prominent among present included Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Sarangal, SDM Dr. Jai Inder Singh, Civil Surgeon Dr. Gurinder Kaur Chawla, DMC Dr. Jyoti Sharma, NHM DPM Vinay Malhan and others were present.