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TruNat machines won’t be used for routine tests: ACS

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13

The controversy over an MLA and his men allegedly misbehaving with a woman doctor at government hospital, Moga, took a new turn today when the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) ordered that TruNat machines must be used only for testing emergency cases.

Two days ago, some NRIs, who claimed to be close associates of Congress MLA Harjot Kamal, wanted their tests done on TruNat machine in Moga. However, Dr Ritu Jain, nodal officer for the machine in Moga district, said the machine could perform only a limited number of tests so it could not be used for routine testing. Following this, the MLA, along with his supporters, visited the hospital and allegedly misbehaved with the doctor.

Intervening in the matter, Anurag Aggarwal, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), has issued an order today instructing that these machines should not be used for testing general public, including NRIs. Routine cases should be encouraged to get tested either at flu corners or at private testing centres, he stated.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association has condemned the incident and have threatened to go on strike if such alleged acts against doctors are not dealt with strictly.

However, the MLA in a video message, denied the allegations of misbehaviour and said he had just requested the doctor to do the test. “I am a public representative, so people approach me for work. It is my duty to stand with them,” he said.

from The Tribune

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