Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday called for the introduction of a comprehensive free health security scheme for the common man,especially the poor
on the lines of the Food Security Bill.
Speaking at the launch of National Free Drug and Iron Plus Initiative scheme at Government Medical College here,Badal urged the Centre to bring a legislation to this effect in the Parliament and promised his partys full support to the move.
Expressing concern over the increasing trend of drug addiction in Punjab,Badal asked the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who was also present on the occasion to raise with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the issue of unabated drug supply from the borders into Punjab.
Agencies manning the borders should be asked to maintain strict vigil to check the supply of drugs into the country, he said.
He went on to urge Azad to impose a blanket ban on poppy husk,which was reportedly being sold freely in states like Rajasthan.
Lauding Azad for his special affection for Punjab,Badal said: Azad had always acceded to the demands made by the state government for providing quality health services to the people. Owing to the concerted efforts made by the state government,Punjab was
today leading the country in the field of health and education. However,a number
of things still needed to be done,for which the active support and cooperation of the Union government was required.
Maintaining that exact causes of cancer was still unknown and studies were underway across the world on this,Badal urged Azad to get a study conducted on its causes by the Centre.
The state government has recently conducted a door-to-door survey to detect cancer cases. Medical colleges of Patiala,Amritsar and Faridkot were being upgraded with the latest equipment to impart quality treatment to patients free of cost… an advanced cancer treatment centre was also being set up at Bathinda by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, he said.