Ludhiana: The hospitals have been given the direction to update their ambulances in order to use them at the polling booths or at any other place in case if any kind of casualty takes place during Assembly elections on February 4.
The directions were not only given to the Civil Hospital but private hospitals and ambulances also by district Election Commissioner, Ravi Bhagat. The first aid boxes would also be kept at each polling booth on February 4, if any government or private hospital of the hospital would not obey direction then an action would be taken against them.
Moreover, till the assembly elections, the leaves of doctors and paramedical staff working in the government hospitals were cancelled at the start of January only keeping in view the need for providing medical facilities to the staff on election duty. Otherwise, in the absence of the staff either patients suffer or the elections.
In case of emergency, leave will be approved by the Director of Health Department. Even Civil Surgeons have not been given the authority to sanction leave during this period as the Election Commission of India has directed respective district election officers to keep health care facilities up to the mark. Any official on the election duty can be in need of medical facilities, so, all government hospitals have been asked to check the ambulances and other facilities in their hospitals properly to deal with any type of hard situation if arises on the day of election in Punjab.
For the elections on February 4, Paramilitary companies have also reached the city and the responsibility of their health also lies on the district administration.
All district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres have been asked to remain up to date for big day. They were also asked to ensure the proper first aid boxes which would be kept at polling booths.
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