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Bali Bhagat interacts with public, announces free medicines in government hospitals

Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat held a public interaction session at Bharatiya Janata Party office at Kachi Chawni, Jammu and gave a patient hearing to their grievances, difficulties and suggestions. More than 200 people from different areas in and around Jammu interacted with the Minister. A large number of women also interacted with the Minister and apprised him of health care problems being faced in different parts of the city. Minister gave on the spot instructions to the satisfaction of the people. One lady complained to the minister that about a couple of days back she was taken to a city hospital for treatment after meeting with an accident. However, she was asked by the doctor to get the X-ray done from the civil market while the hospital had three functional machines. Later she was also asked to purchase the material needed for plastering her fractured hand. Minister took a very serious note of it and ordered Director Health Services to institute an enquiry and give him a detailed report so that the defaulter doctor can be taken to task. He informed the public that w.e.f 01 July this year free medicines will be provided at all district hospitals and below. He also informed that all medical employees who have been posted at a particular place only continuously for unduly long periods are being posted out immediately.
The minister also listened to problems related to non-availability of doctors in some hospitals. Bali Bhagat said that action is in hand to post specialist doctors as per authorization to all hospitals especially those in remote areas. The minister was also apprised about difficulties being faced in the newly established Oncology Department. He instructed Principal GMC to ensure that all cancer patients are provided free medicines with immediate effect. He mentioned that government has recently sanctioned Rs. One crore for the purpose.
Two large deputations from the constituency of the minister had also come to interact with the minister. Apart from these a delegation of volunteers also met the minister in connection with the celebration of International Blood Donation Day on 14th June and International Yoga Day on 21st June. Minister assured them of full cooperation from his ministry.