New Delhi: Kidney patients in Punjab have a reason to smile, with the Punjab government has announced that all medical services for them are available for free of cost in the state . For economically weaker section patients, dialysis service is also available free at regional level.

As per the State government, dialysis facility for nephrology patients are available in almost all the government hospitals in several districts. According to them the service is available in 21 government hospitals out of which 19 are district level hospitals and two are Tehsil level hospitals in Fazillika and Hoshiyarpur.

Replying to a question raised by the Opposition in the state assembly, the Punjab government informed the responsibility of handling the dialysis machines has been handed over to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) and no complaint has been received on their functioning.

The state government apprised that the Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad has already given it the freedom to take decision regarding medical facilities.