Pensioners demand more wellness centres in tricity
Tribune News Service
Mohali, December 18
“The main concern of the aged and elderly persons under present conditions is the need for proper health services and the need of hour is to improve the infrastructure and other facilities in this direction,” said PS Bedi, DIG (retd), BSF and office-bearer of Coordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners’ Associations, Chandigarh in a function to mark Pensioners’ Day at Fortis Hospital at Phase IX today.
In his address, Bedi said the pensioners need three main assurances: financial security, health care and social security. He added as per an estimate, there are over two crore pensioners in the country, who require quality preventive and curative healthcare within easy reach and without any hazards.
“The pensioners are facing some acute problems in relation to healthcare in tricity.
“There is only one CGHS Wellness Centre (WC) located on a portion of Civil Hospital in Chandigarh, which caters for large number of CGHS beneficiaries, which include serving employees of Central Government and pensioners settled in the tricity. There is need to improve the infrastructure and other facilities at the centre for ensuring quality healthcare to the beneficiaries,” said Bedi.
MS Toor, a former official of CRPF, demanded for allotment of earmarked plot to the CGHS for the establishment of a CGHS Wellness Centre (Dispensary) for elderly persons and pensioners, who continue to suffer congestion and overcrowding at the existing location of the wellness centre.