Punjab has best health facilities: minister


LAHORE (APP): Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Kh Imran Nazir has said by introducing new initiatives and reforms, a visible improvement can be seen in the working of public sector hospitals and other health programmes in Punjab.


He said Punjab had the best healthcare facilities and critics should visit hospitals of other provinces before making criticism on the Punjab healthcare system.


He said this while addressing the monthly conference of medical superintendents of districts and tehsil headquarters hospitals at a local hotel on Sunday.


Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary Dr Faisal Zahoor, Additional Secretary Admin Dr Farooq Manzoor, Provincial Director Mother & Child Health Programme Dr Mukhtiar Hussain Syed, Dr Akhtar Rasheed Malik, directors of different health programmes and medical superintendents attended the meeting.


The meeting reviewed the performance and steps taken for hepatitis, TB and dengue control at grassroots level.


The meeting also reviewed the implementation on Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS), provision of medicines, cleanliness and hygiene conditions, infection control, attendance of staff and disciplinary matters.


Kh Imran Nazir appreciated the performance of medical superintendents and other staff.


Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan said that after completion of revamping of 40 DHQ/THQ hospitals, the second phase of revamping of remaining THQ hospitals had been started during which all matters relating to improvement in infrastructure of  hospitals, capacity building and training of the staff,  improvement in their performance and expansion of medical facilities would be covered in the programmes.


Kh Imran Nazir said that after visiting Peshawar and observing health facilities in connection with dengue control, doctors of Punjab's hospitals were looking like angles.


He said that despite holidays officers and staff of the health department performed their duties.


Kh Imran Nazir said that the first time in the history of the province high quality medicines had been provided to the public sector hospitals in Punjab.




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