Integrated Disease Preventive System being established

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—An ‘Integrated Disease Preventive and Response System’ would be established in Punjab and restructuring of Institute of Public Health (IPH) Lahore would also be done. For this purpose, Public Health England will extend cooperation to the Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department Punjab.
In this connection, a technical workshop was held here Thursday to evaluate and recommend way forward for the restructuring of Institute of Public Health.
Besides, experts from Public Health England, Chairman Planning & Development Department Jehanzeb Khan, Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Special Secretary Dr. Sajid Chauhan, Dean Institute of Public Health Prof. Muaz Ahmed, Member Health P&D Dr. Shabana Haider, DG Health Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Health Advisor DFID Dr. Ayesha Rasheed, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, senior officers of Health Department, public health experts and medical teachers attended the workshop.
A detailed brain storming discussion held in the workshop.
The participants of the workshop presented their recommendations for strengthening of IPH, promotion of research work, integration of different institutions working on disease prevention and expansion of scope of the Institute of Public Health.
The participants of the workshop made a thorough discussion in groups after that each group shared its recommendations/proposals for the restructuring of Institute of Public Health.
On this occasion Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah said that an Integrated Disease Preventive & Response System would be set up in Punjab, moreover restructuring of IPH is being made to enhance the research work and prevention of epidemics and other diseases. For this purpose Public Health England is extending technical and financial assistance to the Punjab government.

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