Jalandhar, February 15, 2020: Civil Surgeon Jalandhar Dr. Gurinder Kaur Chawla today said that facilities of free treatment for 1-5 year old girl child and during the first 24 hours in the emergency were being provided unabated in all the government hospitals of Jalandhar.
In a statement issued here today, the Civil Surgeon said that Punjab Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu has ordered immediate withdrawal of the letter issued by the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare to the districts regarding no free services for emergency medical treatment during first 24 hours and no free treatment to girl child of 1-5 years age in the Punjab Government Hospitals. She further said that the said communication was inadvertently issued without any approval of the Government. Dr. Chawla said that in consonance with the commitment of the state government to impart quality healthcare services to people, the Health Minister has ordered immediate revocation of the communication.
The Civil Surgeon further said that free treatment for a 1-5-year-old girl child and during the first 24 hours in the emergency would be continued for facilitating the people. She categorically said these services would remain free for the public as earlier. Dr. Chawla further cautioned the officers/ officials of the Health Department that any callousness in this noble task would not be tolerated at any cost.