Ludhiana, September 6:

To provide quality health services to the women and infants in the Samrala sub-division, Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Monday announced a 30-bedded Mother and Child Care Centre.

Presiding over the installation ceremony of the first Chairman of the newly set up Machhiwara Improvement Trust Shakti Anand, the Cabinet Minister said that the Punjab government is committed to ramping up the health infrastructure in the state and this new center would ensure the best treatment facilities to the mothers and newborn of the area.

He said that this would be a separate building from Civil Hospital in the Samrala and that added work would start soon on the center.

He said that the state government has been consistently performing better than most of the states in the country in the care of pregnant women and neonatal care under one roof.

He said added that once the building comes into existence, the required infrastructure and equipment would also be arranged and required gynecologists, pediatricians, staff nurses, and other paramedical staff would also be appointed.

Sidhu said that the center would provide completely free treatment including medicines, food, newborn diet, transportation to the mother and child.

The Minister also announced the up-gradation of Jhar Sahib Panjgrain and Hambowal Health Sub-centers to Primary Health Centres.

He also detailed the gathering about steps taken by the government during the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also appealed to people to take optimum benefit of Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna by enrolling themselves for cashless treatment in government and private health institutions.

Meanwhile, Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon said that the formation of Improvement Trust in Machhiwara would give impetus to the overall development of this historic town.

He said that this would further open new avenues of development and prosperity of this area in general and Ludhiana district in particular.

The projects of the Food Processing Industry and ITI at Machhiwara would be completed soon which would benefit all sections of the society, he said and added that every village panchayat in this constituency has received developmental grants worth Rs 50 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.

Thanking Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Chairman Shakti Anand said that he would fulfill to the best of his abilities and responsibilities assigned to him. He said that his priority would be to get implemented various development schemes in this historic town of Ludhiana through new residential colonies.

Prominent among present on the occasion Sub-Divisional Magistrate Vikramjit Singh Panther, Civil Surgeon Dr. Kiran Gill Ahluwalia, Samrala Municipal Council Chief Karanvir Singh Dhillon, President Surinder Kundra, Congress leader Kamil Boparai and others were present.