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Ayurvedic dispensaries on the verge of closure in border district of Panjab

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Taran Taran. Sixty years ago PS Kairon opened first Ayurvedic hospital in this area, now 26 ayurvedic dispensaries are there but struggling for medicine supply and availability of doctors.

According to a report published in The Tribune ,the government-run Ayurvedic and Unani System of Medicine Services dispensaries in border district Taran Taran are on the verge of closure due to shortage of doctors, paramedical staff and medicines. The government has not supplied medicines to these institutions since 2017. Around 60 years ago, the then chief minister Partap Singh Kairon opened the first Government Ayurvedic Hospital at Bhail Dhai Wala village. About 10 years ago, the state government named it Swasth Kendra. From time to time, the government  opened 26 ayurvedic dispensaries in Nagoke, Kang, Bania, Sarli Kalan, Ekalgadda, Gaggobua, Naushehra Dhala , Johal Raju Singh, Pandori Sidhwan, Manochahal Kalan, Rataul, Sheikh, Dhotian, Harike, Chuselwar, Surwind, Makhi Khurad, Sidhwan, Bhangala, Valtoha, Margindpura besides in Tarn Taran town. illustration only e1538035248723 - Ayurvedic dispensaries on the verge of closure in border district of Panjab

The Tribune reports further that the government sanctioned 27 posts of Ayurvedic doctors, 27 posts of upvaids (dispensers), trained ‘dais’ (midwives), besides 54 posts of part time workers (class IV) for all these dispensaries. There are only seven doctors, five dispensers and only 10 midwives working in these dispensaries while other post are lying vacant for decades. The posts of part time workers were filled on a meagre salary. Dr Jarnail Singh, District Ayurvedic Officer, told The Tribune that it was in the notice of the department, but nothing had been done for its better functioning

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