Problems of public health employees to be resolved: Saira

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Minister of State for Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Tuesday said problems of public health sector employees would be resolved gradually.
Addressing employees of National Institute of Health (NIH) here, she assured that demands of the employees would be met despite financial problem in the country.
The ceremony was organized by NIH Workers Welfare Association to celebrate the approval of Health Risk Allowance by the government.
The minister said the trend of coming on roads for fulfillment of demands should be avoided, adding it was unfortunate that it had become a trend to give preference to personal interest over national interest. “We can make a difference in the health sector if all work together and resolve issues through dialogue,” Saira remarked.
She said steps were being taken for providing service structure to employees of departments of Health Ministry including National Institute of Health.
Unfortunately, other departments of Ministry of Health were also without service structure, she noted.
Laboratories of NIH would be strengthened and availability of vaccines would be ensured, she added.
She said Rescue 1122 would also be expanded to Islamabad to ensure ambulance services for the residents.
Executive Director NIH Dr. Farnaz Malik said financial grant provided by the government will ensure salaries for NIH employees this year.
She said availability of vaccines for diseases and sufficient quantity of anti-snake venom would be ensured.
She said desired quantity of doses of anti-snake venom was delayed due to lack of funds.
Earlier, representatives of health workers of hospitals of Islamabad demanded time scale promotions and plots for NIH employees for building of houses.
They said 95 percent employees hardly get any promotion during tenure of their job and this should change.
They paid tributes to health workers who perform hazardous jobs and get infected while performing tests on patients.

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