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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 2:49 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 2:49 AM (IST)

PGI restarts cancer patient registration for time being

Punjab scheme Work to stop again once state withdraws two employees it has deputed

Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 11

The PGI has restarted registering patients under the ‘Mukh Mantri Cancer Raahat Kosh Scheme’ after the Punjab Government provided two data-entry operators for the work. However, the arrangement is apparently temporary as the two operators were deputed only for 15 days. While the period for which the deputation was arranged has lapsed, the staff has not been withdrawn by the state government. 

Under the scheme, financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1.5 lakh is given to each cancer patient.

The issue was highlighted in these columns on September 24.

“Yes, the PGI has restarted processing cancer cases of Punjab with effect from September 25. As per the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, two data-entry operators were posted at the Private Grant Cell for 15 days. The registration of cancer patients would continue till the staff remains posted here,” said a PGI spokesperson.

“We want patients to get benefit under the scheme. But more staff is required at the grant cell as we are unable to process the scheme otherwise. It is strange that they provided staff for 15 days only,” said a PGI official.

The PGI had stopped the registration of new cancer patients under the Punjab scheme on August 1 owing to staff shortage. 

Earlier, there was only one outsourced employee to deal with a large number of cancer patients at the cell. Almost 15-20 patients visit the cell every day for treatment. About 50 persons come for enquiry, besides 50-60 telephonic confirmation calls — all being handled by a single employee. 

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