Move to merge 489 rural dispensaries with health dept in Punjab raises eyebrows Move to merge 489 rural dispensaries with health dept in Punjab raises eyebrows A section of doctors and other healthcare workers raising questions about the decision amid the pandemic By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 01:48 AM IST
The Punjab government’s move to merge 489 of the 1,183 dispensaries run by the state rural development and panchayati raj department with the health department has not gone down well with a section of doctors and other healthcare workers who are raising questions about the decision at a time when the pandemic threat is looming large in non-urban areas.
The decision was implemented earlier this month.
According to an order, these subsidiary facilities will now be run by the health department as health and wellness centres and won’t have MBBS doctors. Every centre will now be headed by a community health officer (CHO), a newly created post.
A nurse, who has been given special training for the purpose, or a holder of bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery