The health department would soon start providing basic diagnostic facilities in seven dispensaries across the city.
Health officials said the aim of the project is to reduce the rush of patients who visit the government hospitals for medical investigation.
An official said the process to buy equipment for the service has been started. According to the officials the services would soon be started in the dispensaries and then patients need not to go hospitals for conducting the tests.
Health director Dr Vanita Gupta said: “We will provide this facility initially in seven dispensaries. The process to buy equipment to start these facilities is on.”
The facilities to be provided at the dispensaries include blood tests. “We do not want the patients to visit the hospital to get a simple test like a blood test after visiting the dispensary. After the facility is started, it would minimise the load of hospitals,” said an official.
A Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, official said the facility would prove beneficial only if it will be made available in all the 26 dispensaries in the city.
“It is a good thing. We are hoping that less number of people would visit us,” he said, adding that a large number of patients come from dispensaries to conduct medical investigation.
Sources in the health department said the department is also working to provide free drugs in the dispensaries. “We are working on it. As per the plan, the health department will provide free medicines to the patients visiting the dispensaries,” said the official.