Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting, which reviewed matters regarding improvement of healthcare system and reorganization of Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department.
The meeting accorded approval in principle to up-gradation of hospitals and improvement plan of medical facilities as well as important steps for removing the shortage of anesthetists in the hospitals. The meeting also decided for conducting two year’s course of anesthesia for medical officers of the hospitals. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of quality and modern medical facilities to the people is his mission which will be fulfilled at all costs. He said that fruits of revolutionary steps taken for the improvement of public health facilities should reach the common man at every cost. Important services will be outsourced under up-gradation programme of the hospitals, he added. Shahbaz Sharif said that besides up-gradation of the hospitals, additional medical facilities will also be provided here. He said that the experiences of Sri Lanka, Turkey and Malaysia can be benefitted regarding improvement of medical facilities in the hospitals. He directed to review model hospitals set up by philanthropists in private sector for improving healthcare facilities in the hospitals. He said that a lot of time has been wasted but now we will have to move speedily for improving public health facilities. The Chief Minister said that fruits of resources of billions of rupees being provided for the betterment of healthcare facilities by Punjab government should reach the common man at any cost. Giving approval to the proposal of visit of cardiologists and anesthetists of private sector to the hospitals during surgery, Shahbaz Sharif said that steps should be taken speedily for computerizing the entire process of supply order of medicines, procurement, provision to hospitals and distribution to the patients. He said that revolutionary reforms are being introduced for the improvement of health sector. He said that work should be carried out by imbuing with the spirit of service to ailing humanity for improving healthcare system. He said that a third party audit policy should strictly be implemented in all big projects of Health Department. He said that drug testing labs and Chief Drug Control Office are also being reorganized. The Chief Minister said that drug testing labs of Multan, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi will become functional next year. He said that a plan should be presented for making Punjab Health Foundation an active and vibrant institution. The meeting appreciated the efforts of Provincial Secretary Health Ali Jan regarding improvement of healthcare system and betterment plan of hospitals. Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan gave a briefing regarding plan of improvement of healthcare system and medical facilities in the hospitals. Advisor Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretaries Health, President PKLI, Chairman Planning & Development and concerned authorities were present on the occasion.