Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that all the teachings, tehsil and district hospitals must ensure all arrangements of prevention and treatment of seasonal flu (H1, N1) across the province. He said that all district health authorities and medical superintendents of teaching hospitals should submit seasonal flu monitoring report on daily basis. He instructed that all doctors, nurses and hospital staff should adopt preventive measures during treatment of the patients so that the virus will not transfer to other people. Kh. Salman Rafique directed all the MSs and CEOs to ensure the availability of Tamiflu in sufficient quantity for timely treatment of the patient.
He expressed these views while taking a meeting on monitoring of seasonal flu in all districts of the Punjab. Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Secretary Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan, Director General Healthcare Dr. Akhtar Rasheed, officers of Health Department and MSs of the hospitals attended the meeting through video link. On this occasion, the Minister said that all the hospitals should launch awareness campaign for prevention of seasonal flu.
The officers of the Health Department briefed the Provincial Minister on overall situation of seasonal flu in Punjab. Secretary for Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan said that department has issued prevention guidelines for seasonal flu to all the district health authorities and they are taking every possible step in this regard. He said that department issued the instructions to all the District Health Authorities and MSs to submit disease surveillance report of seasonal flu on daily basis.
Punjab wrestling team overwhelmed their rivals with a great professional performance and clinched all eight gold medals in the 2nd edition of Quaid-i-Azam Inter-Provincial Games at Islamabad Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Punjab contingent continued its marvelous medal-winning performance added 35 more medals on the third day of grand sports event. Overall Punjab’s medals tally has reached up to 86.
In the wrestling event, Punjab’s Faizul Hasan won gold medal in 57kg category, Mohsin Ali in 61kg, Amaan Ahmed in 65kg, Intizar Hussain in 70kg, Hasan Mehmood Butt in 74kg, M Noman in 86kg, Tayyab Raza in 97kg and M Awais captured gold medal in 125kg category. Punjab weightlifters also excelled in their respective categories and won four gold medals. Young weightlifters Farhan Amjad Butt Sharjeel Butt, Sohail Kaleem, and Sameer showed amazing resilience and bagged four valuable gold medals for Punjab. In athletics, Punjab boys and girls grabbed 7 gold, 6 silver and three bronze medals. Punjab also pocketed one gold and a silver in snooker event, and two gold medals in men/women badminton competition. The tug-of-war gold also went to Punjab, which defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without much trouble. Punjab kabaddi team qualified for final after defeating Islamabad in the closely contested semifinal encounter. In squash boy’s event, Punjab stunned Gilgit Baltistan and booked a place in the title clash while in girls event, Punjab reached final after eliminating Islamabad. In football event, Punjab toppled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the semifinal comfortably. Minister Sports Jahangir Khanzada and Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan admired Punjab’s remarkable performance in Quaid-i-Azam Inter-Provincial Games. He urged the Punjab athletes to maintain their performance in the remaining events and win maximum number of gold medals in the mega event.
Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Khawaja Imran Nazir said here Wednesday that emerging health challenges require innovative solutions and the department is working towards synergies and partnerships.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of PACP Testing Center in Munshi Ladda Bagh, Karim Park area, he said that the key to solving complex problems is synergy and public-private partnerships. The Center provides multi-purpose solutions, including school education, vocational training by TEVTA and interest free loans by Akhuwat to marginalized communities under one roof. The Punjab AIDS Control Program is providing free testing services for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, free vaccination for Hep B and free treatment for HIV and Hepatitis.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib, Director General Walled City of Lahore Authority, Mr. Kamran Lashari, Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program, Dr. Asim Altaf, Dr. Rashid from Ali Zafar Foundation and a large number of local residents. Minister P&SH, Khawaja Imran Nazir said, “The government is committed to providing healthcare services to people especially the marginalized communities and High Risk groups. I congratulate PACP for introducing out of box plans and developing integrated development solutions with WCLA and AKhuwat.” Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib said that Akhuwat is focusing on under privileged communities and the organization has disbursed Rs. 35 billion loans from Chief Minister Khud Rozgar Scheme to deserving people with a recovery exceeding 99 per cent. He said Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Program is already working in partnership with the PACP. Director General Walled City of Lahore Authority Mr. Kamran Lashari emphasized that government organizations may synergize their activities for better outcomes. “For shared objectives, resources may be synergized and public welfare must be the ultimate objective of all,” Mr. Lashari added. Additional Secretary (Technical) Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program, Dr. Asim Altaf referring to the tripartite arrangement said that all organizations are making all out efforts to facilitate the public in their spheres. He said two more similar centers will be opened, one in Delhi Gate and the other in Texali Gate. The testing center offers free medical tests for HIV, Hepatitis B, C, Blood Group, besides providing much needed awareness regarding HIV, Hepatitis B and C.
Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is making appropriate efforts to provide top level sports facilities in south region of the province. 12 new sports projects with the cost of Rs 50 crore have been launched in DG Khan Division; Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan said this while addressing a meeting at DG Khan Commissioner Office on Friday.
Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan said: “Timely completion of sports projects in south Punjab is our top priority. No complacency will be tolerated in this regard,” he stressed.
Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan formed a committee to review the progress of construction work at sports projects in this part of the province. “Dozens of sports projects have been completed while several are near completion. The 12 new sports projects have been started under the supervision of Project Management Unit (PMU)”.
Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan further said that modern instruments have been provided to DG Khan Sport’s gymnasium. “25 astro-turfs are being laid across the province including DG Khan. We will also hold U-16 Inter-District sports competitions this year,” he added.
Prior to the meeting proceedings, the contractors and officials concerned gave him a detailed briefing about the construction work at various under-construction sports facilities in the region.
Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan also checked the construction work in DG Khan Divisional Sports Complex, gymnasium, cricket ground, E-Library and hostel. DCO DG Khan Ghulam Murtaza, DSO Layyah Saifur Rehman, DSO Muzaffargarh Jamil Kamran, PMU officers and contractors were also present during the visit.Secretary Sports Punjab Aamir Jan observed the quality of work at various parts of DG Khan Sports Gymnasium. He directed the relevant contractors to complete the remaining work on sports venues as early as possible.
As a result of the efforts made by the Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab, as many as 22 more houses in a housing society, worth Rs.60 million, have been handed over to the long awaited overseas Pakistanis. Vice Chairperson OPC Shaheen Khalid Butt and Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti handed over the possession letters to overseas owners during a ceremony. Director General OPC Javed Iqbal Bokhari was also present on this occasion, while a large number of overseas Pakistanis attended the event.
Shaheen Khalid Butt and Afzaal Bhatti while addressing the participants of the ceremony informed that Overseas Pakistanis had booked their houses in this housing society some 10 years ago but despite full payment, houses were not being handed over to them. They told that on the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis, OPC Punjab played its role for the provision of houses to the affected owners. VC and Commissioner told that prior to this, on the initiative of OPC 170 houses and plots in this housing society, worth Rs 600 Million had also been handed over to the overseas Pakistanis in four phases. A number of expatriate Pakistanis while lauding the efforts of OPC said that this institution is actively engaged in resolving the problems of Overseas Pakistanis. Shaheen Khalid Butt and Afzaal Bhatti further informed that on the instructions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, OPC is vigorously pursuing the issues of expatriates Pakistanis and complaints of remaining Overseas Pakistanis regarding this housing society will also be addressed soon.