Health sector reforms programme carries far-reaching impacts: Shahbaz

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore

A high-level meeting was held under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here Friday, which held a detailed review of the implementation of health projects and different steps taken for improvement in healthcare facilities. The meeting accorded approval to different steps with regard to District Health Authorities and Drug Courts in the province. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that purpose of health sector reforms is the provision of qualitative and latest healthcare facilities; adding that resources worth billions of rupees are being utilized for the provision of best medical facilities to the people.
He said that fruits of resources provided for the betterment of health sector must reach to the common man. He said that hard work and passion be employed to heal the wounds of the ailing humanities in hospitals as latest reforms have been introduced to transform the archaic healthcare system in toto. Best treatment facilities are right of every person and I shall not sit idle till the provision of this right to the people, he added.
Stressing the need that ongoing reforms programme in the health sector carries far-reaching effects, he said that hepatitis control programme is being implemented in an effective manner and patients are getting medicines at their doorsteps. Meanwhile, latest facilities of hepatitis disease will be provided at every THQ hospital as the programme of hepatitis filter clinics is being promoted with speed. In this regard, it is also imperative to create awareness in the general public about treatment and eradication of diseases like hepatitis and tuberculosis. For the purpose, a well-designed awareness campaign be devised, he added.
The Chief Minister said that rural ambulance service will be further extended keeping in view its success and performance to serve the people well. ‘We are moving towards the provision of ultrasound machines to BHUs and RHCs and electronic medical record programme has been devised at the level of BHUs. This programme will be launched as a pilot project and its implementation will help to monitor the performance of BHUs along with the elimination of drugs’ embezzlement,’ he said.
He said that mobile health units are providing best diagnostic facilities and treatment of different diseases in remote areas and keeping in view their effective role at the grassroots, 14 additional mobile health units are being arranged soon. These mobile units will be sent to such areas where they are needed most. Meanwhile, reforms process is in progress in 40 hospitals and this programme will also be introduced in 85 other hospitals of the province, he added.
He said that provision of high-quality medicines has been ensured in public sector hospitals and drug-testing labs have also been modernized. He said the programme of provision of CT scan machines in all the hospitals be extended speedily.
The Chief Minister appreciated the ISO-9001 certification of DHQ Hospital Attock and said that immediate steps are required for the provision of quality healthcare facilities in public sector hospitals. He said that outsourcing of janitorial services of hospitals has given good results. He said the Cabinet Committee on Health should carry out different steps and third-party validation of steps taken for the betterment of the health sector should also be conducted. Secretary Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan briefed the meeting about different steps taken for the betterment of primary healthcare sector. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Kh. Salman Rafiq, Kh. Imran Nazir, Dr. Mukhtar Bhart, Chief Secretary, health secretaries and high officials of the health department attended the meeting.

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