88 pc BHUs have doctors in Punjab: minister

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Salim Ahmed

Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that significant improvement in health sector can be seen due to the implementation on Chief Minister’ Health Roadmap Programme.
He stated this while addressing a joint monthly meeting of Chief Executive Officers Health, District Officers Preventive and District Coordinators of Integrated, Reproductive, Mother, New Born Child Health and Nutrition Program (IRMNCH), at a local hotel on Sunday. Besides, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Additional Secretary Health Admin Dr. Farooq Manzoor, Provincial Director Dr. Mukhtiar Hussain Syed, Additional Director Dr. Akhtar Rasheed Malik, Directors of Punjab Hepatitis Control Programme, Punjab TB Dots Programme, EPI, Punjab AIDS Control, Chief Executive Punjab Health Facilities Management Company Muhammad Ali Amir, officers of PITB, PMU, PSPU and Chief Minister’ Health Roadmap also attended the meeting. He said that Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department had introduced Punjab Residency Programme for postgraduate students through which central induction policy evolved for the admission for specialization.
He said that special marks were allocated in merit for serving in periphery due to that candidates of PG ship were preferring posting at basic health units and presently 88 percent BHUs have got medical officers.
Kh. Imran Nazir further said, “We have to perform our duties with dedication, hard working and with a positive approach”. He said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had also appreciated the efforts and good performance of whole the team of health department.
Kh. Imran Nazir said that CEOs were the face of the department therefore, they have to more careful in performing their duties and they should initiate necessary steps and to adopt strategy for improving the performance of their subordinates.
He said that mistake could be tolerated but dishonesty and inefficiency was not tolerable at any cost. He said that getting quality medicines at the health centres was the right of poor patients and no pilferage and misappropriation of the medicines would be allowed. He directed the CEOs to keep a vigilant eye on storekeepers and other staff dealing with the medicine stocks.
Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan said that as per direction of the Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, timeline had been fixed to achieve each target and monitoring system based on information technology had been introduced in the department.
Ali Jan Khan informed that as a rough estimate 280,000 deliveries take place in Punjab. He said that vaccination of new born children was essential to prevent them from various diseases, therefore, strict monitoring of performance of vaccinators was inevitable to further improve the routine immunization in Punjab.
The Secretary Health informed that hepatitis B birth doze had been introduced in Punjab for infants. He said that a check list had been introduced at health centres for ensuring satisfactory treatment and take care of the patients coming to these health facilities.