Govt to pro­vide qual­ity health-care to peo­ple in far-flung ar­eas

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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