Punjab One Line budget for hospitals termed as revolutionary step

Punjab One Line budget for hospitals termed as revolutionary step

LAHORE (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken a revolutionary step by announcing 'One Line Budget' which allowed the hospital administrations to spend funds as per their requirements and priorities.

This decision would not only improve the health care system but also raise the standard of services at public hospitals.

This was stated by Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof. Khalid Mahmood during a meeting held to review the performance of last year. The meeting was attended by MS Dr. Niaz Ahmed, Director Monitoring Dr. Junaid Mirza, Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Farhat Mahboob and other administrative doctors.

Prof. Khalid Mahmood told the meeting that during financial year 2015-16, a total number of 1,519,821 patients visited Emergency and Outdoor Patients Department of LGH who were provided medical facilities free of cost.

He said the budgetary allocations fixed by the Punjab government last year for LGH had been spent hundred percent, adding that CT scan machine and Memography machines installed at Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences had been made functional while a new MRI machine would also be installed at PINS this year.

The professor said that LGH had become a patient friendly institution due to effective monitoring system, availability of senior doctors in all the departments and provision of modern medical equipments.

He also told that the policy to keep the OPD evening shift open had provided a great relief to masses especially to the government employees.

Prof. Khalid Mahmood said that a total of 76,459 operations were conducted and 58,000 patients were admitted at LGH last year. He said that 192,448 x-rays, 83,544 ultra sounds,

69,535 CT scans, 15,403 MRI tests and 4,282 gastro scope tests were conducted last year.

Moreover a number of 14,764 patients were provided the facility of free dialysis. He said that during last year 1400,000 lab tests, 12,000 dental procedures and more than 700 Angiographies were also conducted. Prof. Khalid Mahmood said the number of visitors to LGH have been increased as compared to 2014-15.

He stressed the administrative doctors to continue to serve the ailing humanity with the same passion and dedication.