Four teaching hospitals to be developed as model hospitals: Salman

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique has said that on the instructions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif four teaching hospitals, Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi and Children Hospital Multan would be developed as model hospitals. This project would be cost billions of rupees to the government exchequer. According to the plan, the present buildings / infrastructure of the hospitals, sewerage and electric system would be improved and deficiencies in the plumbing and water supply also be removed and a new look would be given to the said hospitals. He further said that the medical equipment and machinery would be overhauled and new equipment also be provided according to the requirements.
He stated this while chairing a meeting in connection with the development of the four teaching hospitals as model hospitals. Secretary Health Najam Ahmed Shah directed that janitorial services, plumbing, laundry and printing work of the hospitals should be completely outsourced. He also directed to furnish a report regarding the needs of architectural designing, removing of seepage from the hospitals, changing / repairing electrical wiring, water supply, flooring and cost estimates should be furnished, for this purpose, he directed to constitute a technical committee in which senior officers of C&W Department, Chief Engineering Building, Specialized Healthcare and Technical Experts from IDAP to be included.
While addressing the meeting, Kh. Salman Rafique said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is providing funds of billions of rupees for the development of health sector. He said that efficient use of these funds and maximum output with minimum expenditure should be our target so that best results could be achieved by spending billions of rupees on health sector development. Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) would be ensured in the hospitals, the Minister added.