Sukhbir seeks Rs 100 cr for medical college in Fazilka - ECAS Punjab

Sukhbir seeks Rs 100 cr for medical college in Fazilka

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today requested the Finance Commission to allocate Rs 100 crore for the establishment of a medical college and hospital in Fazilka to augment medical services in the border district.

In a letter to Chairman of the fifteenth Finance Commission NK Singh, the SAD chief said the institution could serve as a focal point for not only the Malwa region, but also the neighbouring districts of Haryana and Rajasthan. He recommended that it be attached to the district hospital in Fazilka.

Sukhbir said there was an extreme deficit of basic facilities and healthcare in the government sector in the district. He said the district had only 0.7 to 0.9 beds per thousand population and one doctor served 6,183 persons as compared to 578 persons served in Patiala.

He told the chairman that Fazilka accounted for the highest prevalence of cancer in the country. He said a train from Punjab's Malwa region to Rajasthan was infamously referred to as "Cancer Express" since it ferried only cancer patients for treatment.



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