Minister-led huddle reviews pace of work on uplift schemes

Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid reviewed progress on different development schemes at a meeting held at Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Monday.

Punjab Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Amir Jan, Technical Advisor Ajmal Bhatti, Additional Secretary Development Dr Asif Tufail, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Dean Children Hospital Prof Masood Sadiq and Prof Javed Chaudhry attended the meeting.

The health minister reviewed pace of work on different development projects. Secretary SHME Amir Jan, Additional Secretary Development and Chief Planning Officer briefed the minister on the ongoing development schemes. The new schemes include: new block at Mother and Child Block at Ganga Ram, Teaching Hospital Nishter-2 Multan, Construction Institute of Cardiology Dera Ghazi Khan, and Teaching Hospital Sheikh Zayed.

The development budget 2021 includes 1000-bed General Hospital, 200-bed Mother and Child Hospital in Sialkot, Emergency block in DG Khan Teaching Hospital and OPD and Zair Peer RY Khan Hub &Spoke pilot scheme. The schemes include University of Child Health, Dental College in Rawalpindi, Services Hospital Emergency, Linear Accelerator provision at Mayo Hospital, up-gradation of Lady Willington Hospital and pathology lab project up-gradation.

On the occasion, Dr Yasmin Rashid said that secretary SH&ME has been directed to review progress at these schemes. Monitoring of all schemes should be carried out by the secretary himself. Mother and Child Block at Ganga Ram should be complete by June 2021 while work on Nishter-2 Multan is ongoing at a fast pace.

As per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, we are trying to create top facilities for people of Punjab”, the minister said and added that the previous governments did not plan according to increasing population of Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar have promised to provide best facilities to people of Punjab and the upgradation of public sector hospitals is fulfilment of their promises”, Dr Yasmin claimed. She said that without new hospitals, quality health services cannot be provided and by June 2022, completion of many development schemes will increase capacity of the healthcare delivery system drastically.

Dr Yasmin said that the Punjab government has been utilising all-out resources for provision of quality healthcare facilities to the public at their threshold. She reiterated the government pledge to reform and up-grade the entire health delivery system for provision of quality services to the masses.


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