Paediatric referral system in Punjab Hospitals

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LAHORE: (APP) With a view to reduce workload at the Children Hospital and to provide better healthcare facilities to children, a paediatric referral system is being set up in the province, which would be launched soon.

As a pilot project, referral system between public sector hospitals and the Children Hospital would be established in which private hospitals would also be included.

A high-level meeting was held at Civil Secretariat on Friday chaired by the Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Punjab Najam Ahmed Shah.

Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Faisal Masood, Dean Children Hospital Prof Masood Sadiq, Prof Jalil Mian from Manchester University UK, Prof Syed Muhammad Owais, Additional Secretary Health Admin Asad Naeem, Director Emergency Children Hospital Dr Nasir and other officers concerned attended the meeting.

Prof Masood Sadiq said every teaching hospital has a full-fledged paediatric department and all the relevant medical treatment facilities but children suffering from minor ailments have been referred to the Children Hospital .

He said a large number of children with minor diseases were also being referred from private hospitals to the Children Hospital due to which not only treatment facilities are being compromised but the children and their parents also have to face difficulties.

Najam Shah said Children hospitals in Multan and Faisalabad should also be strengthened and a regional referral system should be established at first step.

He nominated Prof Masood Sadiq as focal person and nominee of the Punjab government for the pilot project under which a referral system among Mayo Hospital, Lahore Jinnah Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and General Hospital with the Children Hospital would be established and the private hospitals from where children are referred to the Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital would also be included in the system later.

He said the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) would be asked to prepare connectivity network for the purpose.

Prof Masood Sadiq informed that all the District Headquarters as well as tehsil headquarters hospitals have paediatricians, who can easily treat children with minor diseases at local level.

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