Government focusing on hepatitis prevention

Salim Ahmed

Lahore

Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan has directed the districts to expedite the implementation of development projects so that optimal utilization of resources is ensured. Chairing the monthly Chief Executive Officers (H) Meeting at the Directorate General Health Services here on Sunday, he said revamping of 40 hospitals in Punjab will be complete in this fiscal year and the project will be expanded to all hospitals in Punjab finally.
Alongside the Secretary PSH, Director General Health Services Punjab Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, CEOs (H) of all districts, Chief Minister Roadmap team, PITB, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, UNICEF, WHO and Program Managers participated in the conference.
Director EPI Dr. Munir shared that Lahore, Rawapindi, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Sheikhupura must improve measles 2 coverage as lack of vigilance may risk an outbreak in summer. He also emphasized that complacency must be avoided in polio eradication and mother neo natal tetanus and good must work must continue after recent successes.
“The prevalence of Hepatitis B and C is high priority area for the government and the system need to respond aggressively to the challenge,” the Secretary said. The Hepatitis Control Program shared their strategy and said the Program is devising innovative plans to rise to the challenge. The Secretary PSH said hospitals having more than one Specialists will ensure their working in different shifts and first hospitals ensuring compliance will be awarded.

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