Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 10
Due to manpower crunch, evening outpatient departments (OPDs) at the dispensaries in the city would not start for now, the UT Health Department informed the Advisory Council Committee on a recommendation of the double timings of dispensaries.
During a meeting held on Friday, the committee had recommended that evening OPDs be started at the dispensaries. Evening OPDs at the GMSH-16, which were operational before the Covid-19 outbreak, should also be started at an appropriate time. Earlier, evening OPDs at the GMSH-16 used to operate from 5 pm to 8 pm. UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg said, “We may not be able to start evening OPDs at the GMSH-16 till the possibility of the third wave of Covid is ruled out. Regarding evening OPD at dispensaries, manpower crunch due to Covid-19 does not allow us to provide the facility at this moment.”
The committee had recommended that the civil dispensary at Maloya needed to be upgraded to a civil hospital. Presently, two health and wellness centres (HWCs) are functional at Maloya. The HWC at Jhanj Ghar was started in April this year and is being considered for its conversion into a hospital.