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WHO gives 100 oxygen concentrators to Punjab

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu along with WHO officials with life-saving oxygen concentrators in Chandigarh on May 17, 2021. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, May 17 (MNN) The World Health Organisation on Monday provided 100 oxygen concentrators to the Punjab government.

A Health Department spokesman said that the WHO assured that it would continue to work closely with the Punjab government and its district officials, healthcare and frontline workers and volunteers to scale up active case detection of COVID-19 cases in the state.

He said that the Punjab government has ensured real-time epidemiological/situational monitoring and assessments, and augmenting supply of resources to ensure equitable access to testing kits, medicines, vaccines, and lifesaving consumables and in communicating evidence-based messages for preventing the disease.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu warned of stringent action against hospitals overcharging COVID-19 patients for treatment in Punjab.

Presiding over a virtual meeting with state-level Indian Medical Association committee, the Minister said: “We are receiving complaints about private hospitals fleecing patients and charging more than rates fixed by the government. Stringent action against such hospitals would be taken.”

The government is empowered to shut such hospitals, or take over their control under Epidemic Diseases Act.

Sidhu said measures have been taken to curb black marketing of medicines and medical oxygen in the state, warning of action against any person found indulging in such malpractices.

He also said that the government would take legal action against vendors supplying less quantity while refilling oxygen cylinders and charging exorbitant rates.

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