Punjab health and family welfare minister Brahm Mohindra has announced to install biometric attendance system in 22 district civil hospitals till mid of May to keep a track of attendance record of doctors and other paramedical staff in the civil hospitals and health centers. The health minister said that absence of doctors from duty in civil hospitals, especially in rural area primary health centers remained a big issue. Now we shall not only install the biometric attendance system but also CCTV cameras to guard these machines, he said. Initially, they will install the system in 22 district civil hospitals and then it would be implemented at other places also.

Holding that state health department was in shambles when he took over a year back, he said that previous regime did not recruit doctors and other staff. Punjab Public Service Commission would start the recruitment process of 306 doctors and 41 specialists. To ensure the appropriate use of doctors serving under Zila Parishads, the government has decided to merge the services of these doctors in health department.

The minister also said that to provide the much-needed health services in case of accidents and emergencies, all civil hospitals and health centers on the state and national highways to be converted into trauma centers. Mohindra also said that the state government would extend full support and cooperation to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for starting post graduate (PG) courses. – TOI

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