Punjab govt launches mobile health vans

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Chandigarh, Aug 7 (UNI) In order to provide better health care facilities in rural areas, the Punjab government has launched a special scheme under National Rural Health Mission Programme in which a mobile van equipped with medical equipment would be provided to each district.

Disclosing this here today, Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said that to initiate this scheme one such van had been sent to Mansa while the remaining districts would be covered under this scheme by August 15.

She further said that each mobile van costing Rs 37 lakh would be fully equipped with medicines, labs facilities and other required material along with medical and para medical staff. The patients would be examined in the van and provided with medicines on the spot.

Besides malaria and other routine blood tests would also be conducted in mobile vans. Patients suffering from serious ailments would be referred to nearby hospitals.

Reiterating Punjab government's resolve to provide excellent and affordable health care facilities to the people at their doorsteps, the Minister said that these mobile vans would be closely monitored by the senior officers of the health department.

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