Panchkula: After several hiccups, the dialysis centre at the Panchkula Civil Hospital, Sector 6, which was inaugurated by Health Minister Anil Vij on February 23, has now initiated with the cashless transactions process. As Daily Post reported that ‘P’kula Admn fails to provide swipe machine at dialysis centre’, the Health Department has finally started cashless transactions with providing swiping machines at the unit.
Considering the need of the cashless transaction process at the centre where footfall of patients is increasing day by day, the department has directed the private firm, which is running the dialysis unit, to start the process.
On the other hand, the centre is being working on a single shift due to a staff shortage and around 300 dialysis were carried out before inauguration. Taking in view the need to provide better facilities to the patients; the department is now planning to upgrade the centre.
Furthermore the department is now planning to extend the shift at the centre after more staff will be recruited. Currently the dialysis centre runs from 9 am to 5 pm which will further extend to 9 pm. According to representatives of the dialysis centre, the process is going on for recruitment of more staff and the firm has tied up with several private banks for carryuing out cashless transactions along with Paytm facility. Also with the upgradation of the centre, as many as 12 patients will be able to get treatment done at a single time.
Chief Medical Officer Dr V K Bansal said, ‘’As we directed the dialysis firm to start cashless transactions at the unit for the convenience of the patients and their attendants, the same has been started with installation of swipe machines. Also the plan to recruit more staff and extending time of the shift is under consideration and the private firm is processing the plan for that.’’ The dialysis centre at the Civil Hospital will offer the facility at Rs 960 against around Rs 2,500 at private hospitals. The Panchkula rates are lower than the Central Government health services rates.