Punjab to set up hepatitis filter clinics

Salim Ahmed

Lahore

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Tuesday presided over a high level meeting in which proposals and matters relating to the establishment of hepatitis filter clinics in 36 districts of the province were discussed. The meeting decided to set up modern laboratories in nine divisions for diagnose of hepatitis.
Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said the first state-of-the-art hepatitis filter clinic has started functioning in the site for the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and such filtration clinics will be established in 36 districts of the province that will be connected through satellite. Setting up a steering committee for the implementation of the plan of the hepatitis clinic, Chief Minister said he will preside over the steering committee and plan for the establishment of the hepatitis clinic in all districts will be implemented with hard work and determination and all necessary arrangements for this purpose will be taken immediately.
He directed the concerning officials to make a comprehensive plan within seven days for the setting up of hepatitis clinics in 36 districts. He said the Punjab government is working on a comprehensive hepatitis control program but a vigorous awareness campaign needs to be run for the prevention methods of hepatitis.
He said creating awareness about hepatitis is the public service and the government will also tablea hepatitis regulation bill soon. He said the model of the modern hepatitis clinic in Lahore will be replicated in all 36 districts. He said all existing liver treatment facilities should be up-grated and a detailed survey should be carried out for the up-gradation of hepatitis facilities and the consultation with international health experts should also be made to treat hepatitis.

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