Turkish delegation arrives tomorrow to finalize health sector transformation


Salim Ahmed

Lahore—A 9-member delegation of Turkish Public Health Experts will visit Lahore from November 24 to December 4 in order to finalize work plan on the health sector transformation in the province of Punjab in line with the MoU inked during the recent visit of the President of Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan.
Arrangements for this 10 days visit of Turkish delegation were finalised here today. Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafique, Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah, Special Secretary Primary & Secondary Healthcare Faisal Zahoor, DG Health Services Dr. Syed Mukhtar Hussain Shah, DG (IT) Punjab Information Technology Board Rizwan Rashid, Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab Azmat Nawaz, Chief Executive Officer PHMIC Dr. Saira Siddique, Member Health P&D Dr. Shabana Haider, DG Punjab Public Health Agency Dr. Shabnam Sarfraz and other relevant officers participated in the meeting while DCO Kasur Ms. Ammara Khan was present on video link.
Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja informed the meeting that the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has selected the district of Kasur to pilot the family health centers and community health centers system successfully run in the Republic of Turkey. The Turkish delegation will stay in Kasur for four days to monitor the present primary healthcare system in depth and will explore the possibilities of reformation according to a technical operational model including outsourcing and improving hospital management through health information management system.