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Govt to start biometric attendance in hospitals

Chandigarh, January 12

To ensure punctuality of medical officers and other medical and para medical staff, the Health Department has decided to install biometric attendance system in all government hospitals.
Health Minister Brahm Mohindra today said this in a press conference held to flag the notable achievements of the department within 10 months. He said the plan would start with introducing the system in 22 district hospitals.
He said the Health Department would establish 2,950 health wellness centres in the state. The minister added that Punjab was the first state in the country that had taken this initiative. He said these centres would be established in a phased manner and under the first phase 240 such wellness centres would be opened within this year in Fazilka and Pathankot districts and in two blocks of Patiala district.
The Health Minister said the Congress in its election manifesto had promised to set up five new medical colleges and hospitals in the state. He said construction of the first college would start in Mohali this year.
The minister stressed on the need to establish trauma centres to extend crucial life-saving health care to the injured during critical hours.
He said the state government had decided to set up five trauma centres across the state. He added that in the first phase these trauma centres would come up along the national and state highways.
The minister further added that the state government was all set to initiate the first-of-its-kind unique programme, under which State Organ Tissue Transplantation organisation would be established to provide organ and tissue donation under tertiary health care services.

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