Punjab Government to improve service delivery at DHQ, THQ

Punjab Government to improve service delivery at DHQ, THQ

LAHORE: (APP) Chief Secretary Punjab Captain (Retd) Zahid Saeed Thursday said that provision of best medical facilities and availability of medicines would be ensured in all district headquarter (DHQ) and tehsil headquarter (THQ) hospitals in the province.

He expressed these remarks while presiding over a meeting of DCOs at Civil Secretariat, here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary said that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. He directed district coordination officers (DCOs) to personally visit hospitals to review public service delivery.

He said that like cities, provision of best medical facilities for people of rural areas was the top priority of the government.

He said that a comprehensive plan had been prepared to ensure best healthcare facilities at DHQ and THQ hospitals and medical superintendents would be financially and administratively empowered under this plan.

Captain (Retd) Zahid Saeed mentioned that attractive salary package and other benefits were being given to the doctors serving in far-flung areas so that they could work with more dedication and commitment. He warned that no negligence and laxity would be tolerated in provision of medical facilities to the people.

The Chief Secretary ordered that campaign against polio and dengue be expedited in the districts that were prone to these diseases, adding that continued efforts were needed to eradicate dengue and polio once and for all.

He directed that elimination of child labour at brick kilns be ensured and stern action be taken by the district administrations against the owners of the brick kilns involved in child labour.

He said that inspection of brick kilns should be continued regularly and strict action be taken on violation of law. He mentioned that the Punjab government had enhanced punishment for the persons involved in the crime of child labour besides taking special measures for educating children of kiln workers.

Zahid Saeed said that no leniency would be shown towards the violators of law regarding child labour.

He also issued instructions to take effective steps for dealing with possible floods directing the DCOs to visit embankments and recheck arrangements.

The Chief Secretary said that he would personally review the Citizen Feedback Model on monthly basis as it was the best way to know about public opinion.

He said that Pakistani expatriates were asset for the country and their problems should be resolved on priority. He also directed that cases of Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab pending in different districts be disposed of at the earliest.

The Home Secretary briefed the meeting about law and order situation and issued necessary directions regarding security measures.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Afzal Bhatti, Secretary Planning and Development and officers concerned.