Shahbaz seeks coop of UK health experts


Salim Ahmed


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has invited Pakistani doctors, health experts and the UK based companies to extend their cooperation and invest in the health sector in Punjab province. During a meeting with the health experts and representatives of different companies engaged with the health sector in the UK at High Commission of Pakistan in London, Shahbaz said the Punjab government has introduced revolutionary reforms in health sector and the steps taken for improving the health sector are bearing fruit. “Improving the healthcare facilities is my mission and every sort of step has been adopted to move further in this regard,” he said.
Matters of mutual interest including health sector reforms in the Punjab, investment and improvement in healthcare facilities came under discussion. According to a message received here, Shahbaz said that healthcare road show has been successfully conducted in London and the participation of senior representatives of British healthcare companies, investors and medical experts in a large number is a matter of satisfaction. “We welcome the expatriate Pakistani doctors, experts and investors to Punjab. British health sector companies should invest in the health sector and the Punjab government will provide all possible facilities to them.”
He said the Punjab government has adopted the policy of public-private partnership and all the public sector hospitals will be established under this policy in future. The janitorial services have been outsourced in public sector hospitals and the outsourcing of non-clinical services in hospitals has helped to improve healthcare facilities. The companies providing such services in the British hospitals can extend their cooperation to the Punjab government and this cooperation would be mutually beneficial, he said.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibn-e-Abbas said that holding of healthcare road show is a timely step of the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; adding that economy has been improved due to the policies and efforts of the government while the health sector is being fully taken care of.