Reforms needed to improve health sector


Salim Ahmed

Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid has said that without introducing concrete reforms, achievement of health sector goals was not possible.
She was chairing a meeting of vice chancellors of medical universities of Punjab. Secretary Health Saqib Zaffer was also present. “To implement reforms in letter and spirit opinion of experts from medical education institutions was necessary” she observed.
The Minister directed that KPK health model should also be considered for improvement in public health sector. “Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar had emphasized special focus on mother and child health” said the minister.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid while sharing details of recent “Nutrition Week” held from 01 to 06 October said that Health Department was able to collect comprehensive data of malnourished children, lactating and pregnant women for the first time in the history of Pakistan. “Now we were going to concentrate on program to curb the problem of malnutrition” she wowed. Health Minister stressed upon VCs to make medical curriculum coordinated with the need of hour.
“Doctors should behave friendly with patients” she further said.
“Reward of serving ailing humanity could not possible in the world and one should believe this reward in afterworld” she concluded.
Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid has said that lactating women should continue breast feeding to their infant till the age of upto two years.
She stated this while making findings of “Nutrition and Breast Feeding Week” public at a press briefing held here on Monday.
“During the unique and unprecedented drive, 7 crore 63 lac 50 thousand people were reached,” she told. According to details 8,055,263 children were screened of which malnutrition was found in 312,249 children.
Similarly, 1,959,428 pregnant and lactating women were examined and 109,107 stunted women were referred to local health centre for treatment.

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