Hospitals directed to implement Muharram contingency plan

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Salim Ahmed

Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has directed the heads of medical education institutions and medical superintendents of teaching hospitals to ensure arrangements in accordance with the contingency plan.
He was presiding over a meeting at Civil Secretariat here to review the arrangements for providing special medical cover to the participants in mourning processions/ Majalis Aza during Muharram.
He said that special duties should be assigned to the senior doctors including heads of departments on 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Haram. Operation theaters, medical equipment, stock of medicines and blood bags of all groups should be made available in hospitals during these days, he said.
The participants in the meeting apprised the minister of the arrangements made in their hospitals to ensure proper and prompt medical cover to patients during Ashura.
Secretary Health Najam Ahmad Shah said that the purpose of holding the meeting is to review the arrangements made by the hospital administrations for providing the treatment facilities to the patients during Muharram-ul-Haram especially on 9th and 10 Muharram.
He said that close coordination was essential between hospital administrations and officials of Rescue 1122 for providing ambulance service to the Muharram procession participants, especially on Youm-e-Ashure.
Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir has said by introducing new initiatives and reforms, a visible improvement can be seen in the working of public sector hospitals and other health programmes in Punjab.
He said Punjab had the best healthcare facilities and critics should visit hospitals of other provinces before making criticism on the Punjab healthcare system.
He said this while addressing the monthly conference of medical superintendents of districts and tehsil headquarters hospitals at a local hotel.
Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary Dr Faisal Zahoor, Additional Secretary Admin Dr Farooq Manzoor, Provincial Director Mother & Child Health Programme Dr Mukhtiar Hussain Syed, Dr Akhtar Rasheed Malik, directors of different health programmes and medical superintendents attended the meeting.

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