Govt to provide quality health-care to people in far-flung areas
LAHORE—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafiq on Thursday said the government was implementing a plan to provide quality healthcare facilities to the people of far-flung and rural areas. He said that in the next two years 10,000 beds would be provided to the DHQ hospitals and dental, burn unit & ICU would also be set up in these hospitals.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting to review the development schemes of Primary and Secondary Health department at DG HS Committee Room, here. Secretary Primary & Secondary Health department Ali Jaan Khan, Director General Health Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Additional Secretary Admn Adnan Zafar, Additional Secretary Development Dr. Faisal, all concerned officers of the department, representatives from Finance department and PITB also attended the meeting.
Ali Jaan Khan said the government had released Rs 800 million for the construction of Wah Cantt General Hospital. He told in the meeting that Intensive Care Units would also be established in all DHQ hospitals. Moreover, construction of THQ Hospital Murree and purchase of low-cost mobile health units are also included in the development programme, he added.
The meeting was informed that 17 incinerators and two autoclave machines were being purchased for the disposal of hospital waste. Additional Secretary and Incharge Punjab AIDS Control Programme Dr. Adnan Zafar informed that diagnostic kits to assess the type of HIV virus worth Rs 29.12 million would be purchased.
It was told in the meeting that after successful experiment of mobile health units in southern Punjab, on the directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Health department was purchasing another ten to twelve mobile health units for which Rs one billion had been allocated and bids for the purchase of MHUs would open on May 27.
The meeting was informed that rapid screening kits for diagnosis of AIDS of Rs 34 million would be procured. Director EPI Dr. Munir Ahmad said that 1600 motorbikes were being distributed among the vaccinators to improve the routine immunization coverage and so far distribution of motorbikes had been completed in 19 districts.—APP