Chandigarh, October 16, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab senior leader and MLA Prof Baljinder Kaur blamed the Congress government for the rampant dengue cases in the state and said that due to the deplorable condition of the government dispensaries and hospitals, patients were left abandoned to be robbed from private hospitals. Addressing a press conference held here on Saturday, she said that the Channi government of Punjab should take guidance from the health model of the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi.
Prof Baljinder Kaur said that after Covid, now dengue cases have once again exposed the government health services in Punjab. “With the dengue cases increasing day by day in Punjab, the health mafia based on private hospitals has also gone rampant. Private hospital beds are charging exorbitant fees for laboratory tests. A packet of single donor platelets (SDP) is being charged at Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 to make up for the shortage of blood platelets, while the Channi government is in slumber,” she said.
She further said that dengue was a disaster every year, but the state government had never taken any precautionary measures to prevent it, which should have been done by July; as the dengue outbreak peaks in September, October and November.
Prof Baljinder Kaur said that the blood cells (SPD) required for dengue treatment can be kept safe for a maximum of five days, so the government should prepare a donor list in advance. In addition, the government should coordinate with registered NGOs to address platelet deficiency and anemia. Helpline numbers should be issued so that platelets and blood donors can be contacted from hospitals and health centers, she asserted.
The AAP leader demanded that the government should immediately stop the looting in the private hospitals and determine the cost of bed charges and SDP kits in private hospitals. “It should also decide how much a private hospital can charge for a single test. At the same time, the government should make arrangements for publicity through other means, including advertisements to inform the general public about the disease and to provide necessary information for prevention,” she added.
Prof Baljinder Kaur said that the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has worked honestly to control the deadly disease of dengue as there are Mohalla clinics, good hospitals, free treatment and world class hospitals. She said the party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given a second guarantee of health services after the formation of AAP government in Punjab to transform the government health services.
Under the second guarantee, about 16,000 ‘pind’ clinics on the lines of Delhi’s Mohalla clinics will be set up in villages and urban wards to provide free tests, free treatment and free medicines. World-class government hospitals will also be set up to outdo the private hospitals, where all types of treatment, tests, operations and medicines will be provided free of cost and a large number of doctors, nurses and medical staff will be recruited.