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Brahm Mohindra rolls out the vision document of the health & medical education department
CHANDIGARH: Brahm Mohindra, Health & Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister today held a press conference to flag the notable achievements of the department within a time span of 10 months. The Minister also rolled out the vision document of Health and Medical Education Department. He said that the motto of the Punjab Government is to provide quality health services to all the citizen of the state and the first big step towards achieving this aim is to start 2950 wellness centers across the state in phased manner to cater the healthcare services to the patients at their doorsteps especially in rural areas. Likewise 50 new ambulances will be rolled out including 5 Advance Life Saving Ambulances equipped with critical life saving equipments. The minister said that to provide big relief to the patients suffering from chronicle diseases, medicine shops will be opened at 22 District Hospitals, 41 SDHs and in 3 medical colleges of Punjab to provide generic medicines at affordable rates.
Mohindra castigated the previous SAD-BJP alliance, which was at the helm of affairs in the state for 10 year for blatantly and shamelessly ignoring the primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services. He said that though he inherited the health department which was totally in shambles but under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the health care system has improved to a great extent and the results are there for everyone to see. He also announced set of new flagship schemes, which will be commenced in the year 2018.
The first major announcement by the Health Minister was the establishment of 2950 Health wellness centers (HWC) in the state. The minister stated that Punjab is the first state in the country which has taken this initiative. He said that these centers will be established in phased manner and under first phase 240 such wellness centres will be opened within this year in the districts Fazilka, Pathankot and in 2 blocks of Patiala district. He said that trained staff nurses will be designated as Community Health Officer in wellness centers and the special training programme of 6 six months is underway, which is being imparted by IGNOU. He said that Specialist/ Medical Officer from nearby CHC/ PHC will visit HWC bi-weekly for OPD services. "17 Lakh will be spent on operationalising each HWC including 5 lakh for civil infrastructure.” he added.
The next announcement by the Minister was to roll out 50 new ambulances including 5 advance life saving ambulances (ALS) to provide emergency services to the urban and rural areas. He said that these ALS will be equipped with critical life saving equipments. Divulging the details he said that 242 ambulances have already been deputed at Strategic places and are connected with ‘108’ Call Centre. He said that we are ensuring that the Emergency Ambulances will reach the place within 20 minutes in Urban areas and within 30 minutes in Rural areas.
Mohindra said that it is matter of proud for the state that we are the only state in India that has rolled out e-Raktkosh in all 45 government blood banks. He said that under this scheme benefits to the general public include easy access of the blood availability status in respect of blood group, blood bank wise & district wise of blood & blood products, blood donation camp information, registration of voluntary blood donors to create donor repository, location of nearest blood banks. He said that this information could be obtained by logging in at e-raktkosh.in or by downloading e-Raktkosh mobile app from google play store. "In the next phase, all 59 private blood banks of Punjab shall be linked with e-Raktkoh application software.” he said.
Health Minister said that the congress party in its election manifesto has promised to set up 5 new medical colleges and hospitals in the state. He said that it is fact for everyone to check that in the last 70 year not a single medical college and hospital in government sector has come up in the state. He said that Rajindra Medical College and Hospital was founded in the year 1951. He said that now the Congress Government true to its election promise has decided to set up medical college and hospital in SAS Nagar (Mohali). He said the construction work will be initiated in this year.
Brahm Mohindra also flagged a noble initiative of free dialysis in all district hospitals, sub divisional hospitals (Kotkapura, Abohar, Batala, Dasuya and Phagwara) and CHC Banga and in three medical college and hospitals. He said 68 units at these 28 centres are operational. He said that in second phase free dialysis services will soon be provided in another 5 sub divisional hospitals.
Health Department in order to check the spread of TB virus has decided to provide free dietary support to the patients undergoing treatment for TB – nutrient mixture will be provided from next month in collaboration with Markfed. He said that free x-ray for TB suspect patients is also being extended in all Government Hospitals. He said that at National level aim is to eradicate TB by 2025, but State intended to achieve this target by 2022.
The minister stressed on the need to establish Trauma Centers to extend crucial life saving health care to the injured during the critical hours. He said that the state government realizing the need of trauma centers, has decided to set up 5 trauma centers across the state. He said that in the first phase these trauma centers to come up along the National and State Highways.
"In order to ensure the punctuality of medical officers and other medical and para medical staff, the health department has decided to install Bio Metric Attendance System in all government hospitals.” added the minister.
Mohindra further stated that with a view to control the infant and mother mortality rate the state government is all set to launch 100 days comprehensive Mother & Child Health Care Programme for strengthening the benefit given to beneficiary starting from pregnancy till the immunization of child is completed. He said that this programme will include providing quality ANC Checkup at least 3 times to pregnant women, nutrition supplementation, tracking of high risk pregnancies, strong referral mechanism.
The Minister further divulged that Punjab Government is all set to initiate the first of its kind unique programme, under which State Organ Tissue Transplantation organization will be established to provide ‘Organ & Tissue Donation’ under tertiary health care services. For this noble cause space has already been earmarked in Medical Education Bhawan at Mohali. He said that many patients suffer from end stage disease of various organs likewise Heart, Lungs, Kidney, Liver, Pancreas & Intestine etc. Once the facility is operational, the donated organs will be transplanted into such patients for therapeutic purposes under this programme.
Woman dies after “200% safe” surgery worth Rs 43 lakh fails
A 60-year-old Thane resident, Mithula Bafna, spent Rs 43 lakh for his wife's treatment but lost her after a heart valve fell into her heart during a surgery at Hinduja hospital, Mumbai.
Bafna, in a complaint filed at the Maharashtra Medical Council, said that doctors had assured him that the surgery is 200% safe and his wife Manju will be able to go home in 5 days. But, contrary to doctors' claim, she left the hospital in a comatose state 60 days after the surgery and breathed her last a few minutes later in an ambulance on December 19, reported The Times of India.
After repeated complaints, Hinduja Hospital reimbursed 12.47 lakh rupees to the Bafna family on "humanitarian grounds.” The family also received an additional 11 lakh through medical insurance.
Following his wife’s death, Mithulal Bafna has registered a complaint with the Maharashtra Medical Council on 28th December 2017 against Hinduja Hospital for medical negligence. The family contents that they were not told about the full risks of the procedure and they never had a chance to meet or interact with the specialist who was flown in for the surgery.
The surgery had taken place in the presence of top heart specialists. Cardiologist Dr Ravinder Singh Rao had flown down from Jaipur for the transcatheter procedure.
However, the medical side, medical director of Hinduja Hospital director Sanjay Agarwala, cardiac surgeon Kushal Pandey and Singh Rao did not agree to this. Pandey had operatd Manju 6 years ago and informed that she was unwell and couldn't have survived for more than 6 months. Dr Agarwala said that they showed no negligence. The valve couldn't deploy but surgeons fixed a mechanical valve instead.
Bafna's son-in-law, Bharkatiya, claimed that they were told the total expense will be around Rs 20 Lakh which later shot up to Rs 43 lakh. Even the sale papers of the imported valve which mentioned a price of Rs 1.5 lakh, was sold at Rs 11 lakh to the family members.
The hospital has denied all charges of medical negligence and Dr Kushal Pandey from Hinduja Hospital told TOI that the patient was on her way to recovery after the operation. Contradicting the family’s claims of medical negligence, it was a bout of vomiting that triggered an infection. This in turn caused health complications and ultimately led to Manju Bafna’s death.
WHEN YOUR EGO GETS BRUISED
You want to be an ‘I’? Or would love to be a ‘You’?
01.01.18 - CHANDANI CHANDEL*
WE TWEAK OUR EGOS, but never accept. It swells when we do something for others who we perceive are inferior to us, may be in age, status, intelligence, economic standing, or material possessions. We always want to show our humanitarian side when piles of old worn-out clothes pile up in our almirahs and we don’t want to throw them away, and realising that an orphanage or poor locality is perhaps too far, we think about just giving these away to beggars on traffic lights or to our domestic help. But then, in return, we also expect prayers and blessings from them or want our beneficiary house maid to return the favour by working even harder in lieu of the freebies.
A Haryanvi's cycle got stuck in the middle of the road, and when a passerby bruised the peddler’s ego by asking how his cycle got stuck, the man fired a repartee that squelched it better than any Oscar Wilde. "So what? Wasn’t that your daughter who eloped with a boy last year?”
When we face our competitors, people at par with us, then our ego gets bruised; you get hurt, one way or the other. ‘I’ have to get ahead’, ‘oh he’s got a bigger car’, ‘his son got through a good engineering college’, ‘her daughter wore a beautiful dress for her cousin’s wedding.’ All these exclamations, even if we hear these in a joyful tone, deep inside our house is on fire. We suddenly get worked up, look for ways and means to boost our own ego and when a suitable situation arises, we indulge in bloating our self. ‘My’ son got a job in an MNC (only the son knows how much he has to sacrifice to keep his job secure, and his and the family’s ego, too!), ‘my’ daughter is going to Europe for higher studies, ‘I’ bought a small 3-bedroom flat in Dwarka, or Rohini, or in some upscale Chandigarh area. There is a quintessentially raw Haryanvi joke which nails it down quite succinctly. A man’s cycle got stuck in the middle of the road, as it used to quite often, but it was another Haryanvi passing by who bruised the peddler’s ego when he posed an inane query meant to hurt: "Oh I see! Your cycle’s got stuck again?” Back came the repartee that squelched it better than an Oscar Wilde. "So what? Wasn’t that your daughter who eloped with a boy last year?”
When it comes to high-end achievers, our ego just fizzles out. We are left with only a sense of pride, our ego stands decimated to a zero. "Ah! We met Dhoni at the airport, and he waived at us! (A hand shake is a far cry, the security and airport staff wouldn’t just let you anywhere close). He’s so humble, down to earth.”
To be at the receiving end of their attention, we really need to be just a common man (which, in usual circumstances, we are not, courtesy our ego). Celebrities, politicians, big businessmen, globally renowned sportspersons, none of them bother about the not-so-great great Indian middle class. You are not crossing paths with any of them. A Priyanka Chopra’s or a Deepika Padukone’s interests might clash with each other but they are not competing with you, there’s no commonality anywhere, except if there’s an ‘achiever’ tag. They might shed their ‘achiever’ tag for a while, for a few days may be, but not for all times.
"Oh, ‘I’ went to the Rashtrapati Bhavan (as part of an official assignment), I saw Sachin Pilot/Rahul Gandhi/Narendra Modi/Smriti Irani — one might hear. They may appear simpletons, but only till the time we don’t offend them. A word of disagreement and you will find out how simple they are. And one really has to be a commoner to ‘achieve’ any kind of benefit or attention.
"Why do we always have to run after this middle-class trap of brilliance? Can’t you be a common man leading a jolly good life?”.
We are always engulfed in an aura of some sense of achievement, irrespective of the middle class rung we belong to. Yes, achievement it is, that is why we are not beggars. If we repeatedly keep zooming into the fall or rise of our evolution graph, we will definitely overbear our achievement or loss. A friend of mine put it succinctly after a peg of Old Monk one wintery night. When asked why he doesn’t push his son to pursue sports since he might excel, his answer set me thinking. He said, "Why do we always have to run after this middle-class trap of brilliance? Can’t you be a common man leading a jolly good life?”
Just imagine the kind of compromises people make to show that they are grounded. "My husband is a big businessman, and arranges langar for the poor. He also took me to London for a holiday, and gifted our son a new Brio, though I urged him to let him have a bigger one as he also has his reputation at stake, but he did not listen!” Another one says, "I am sending my daughter to Bangalore for her graduation, though she wanted to go to Canada for higher studies. But I said no, it’ll be very costly; you study here, we will get a sponsored seat, air travel and everything else, including a car.”
If your achievement, however small, does not affect you, then you are not carrying any baggage of being someone, or somebody’s son, daughter, or relative. Being someone helps temporarily, but being nothing, helps always. Being nothing means ‘no ego’. You don’t have any accomplishment to call your own, even if in the worldly sense there is. You can only feel love, and an aspiration to compete against yourself and your fears. Slowly, those fears, too, become irrelevant. And you are you, not ‘I.’
(*The author is a Ludhiana-based independent writer.)
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