Punjab govt seeks Turkish cooperation in health sector


Salim Ahmed

Lahore—New avenues of cooperation between Punjab government and Ministry of Turkey would be open for the development of health sector in Punjab in the result of present visit of 8-member delegation of Turkish Ministry of Health to Punjab. Punjab would benefit from Turkish model of health system for introducing reforms in health sector.
It was stated by the Advisor to Chief Minister on Health, Kh. Salman Rafique, while exchanging views with the visiting delegation here Thursday. The head of Turkish delegation of Ministry of Health Dr. Selami Kilick gave detailed briefing to the Punjab Health team regarding Turkish Public Health Service System, Mobile Health Services, Home Healthcare Service for Bedridden Patients, Health Tourism, Emergency Health Services, Motorcycle Emergency Service, Early Disease Warning System, Immunization of Children and Provision of Medical as well as Diagnostic Facilities in the hospitals. Dr. Selami pointed out that in Turkey vaccinators do not visit door to door for vaccination /immunization of children but it is mandatory for parents to bring their children at the health facility/health center for vaccination.
Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh. Salman Rafique told that Turkish delegation has visited different health facilities in Punjab and medical colleges during their stay. He said that the delegation would submit a study report and comparison of Punjab Health System and Turkish Health System to the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Kh. Salman Rafique said that recommendations/observations of Turkish delegation would be evaluated technically and financially. Different working groups would be constituted for this purpose.