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Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique has said that due to the change in the weather the dengue season has been started, therefore, all the concerned government departments and agencies should be ready to combat dengue. He said that indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance and other anti-dengue steps should be taken according to the SOPs.

                   He stated this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at S&GAD Committee Room, Civil Secretariat, here on Monday. Besides, public representatives, Special Secretary Primary & Secondary Health and DGHS Dr. Faisal Zahoor and other senior officers of the concerned departments and Deputy Commissioner Lahore attended the meeting. Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive officers of District Health Authorities of Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Attock and Multan participated in the meeting through video link and shared the information regarding the steps taken to check dengue in their respective districts. Additional Director General Health Dengue Control Dr. Farrukh Sultan gave presentation on the latest dengue situation in the province, training of doctors and staff, status of equipment, spray pumps, fogging machines etc. He also briefed about the stock position of insecticides used in mosquito spray. Kh. Salman Rafique directed that a meeting of Medical Superintendents of teaching hospitals also be called to evaluate the arrangements for treatment of dengue patients in the hospitals. He directed to complete refresher courses for the doctors and nurses of public sector as well as private hospitals on case management through Dengue Expert Advisory Group. He directed the officers of all the departments that they should immediately inform the Cabinet Committee regarding their needs and requirements of financial as well as human resources for dengue control activities so that the Finance and other concerned departments could be persuaded. He directed that special focus should be given on the surveillance of graveyards, junkyards and under construction sites to check the dengue breeding. The experts of meteorological department informed that due to change in weather, the night temperature has been reached upto 15 dengue centigrade which is very conducive for dengue breeding therefore, concentration should be focused on vigorous dengue surveillance. Kh. Salman Rafique directed that micro planning for indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance should be prepared keeping in view the previous years’ experiences and remove the flaws at operational level for better combating against dengue

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Lahore, February 20:

                        Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique has said that Punjab government, in order to provide best treatment facilities to the people, latest treatment and diagnostic facilities, is providing in the hospital and new hospitals are being constructed in different districts to reduce the workload on the tertiary care hospitals of Lahore. He said that during the last three years bed capacity has been increased and large number of beds have been included in the hospitals. Kh. Salman Rafique further said that Government Shahdra Teaching Hospital would be made a model hospital by providing latest facilities and equipment to ensure provision of quality healthcare to the public at local level.

He state this while inaugurating 10 new dialysis machines in the dialysis unit of the hospital, here today. Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir was also accompanied him. Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof. Dr. Fakhar Imam, Malik Riaz MNA, MS Govt. Shahdra Hospital Dr. Pervaiz Imtiaz, President Patients Welfare Society Malik Tariq and a large number of Muslim League workers and the hospital staff were also present. MS Dr. Pervaiz Imtiaz informed the Ministers that due to the provision of latest diagnostic and   treatment facilities the turnover of patients has been increased manifold. He informed that latest surgical and medical facilities are being provided in the hospital and specialist doctors have been posted in the government Shahdra Hospital. He informed that dialysis unit has specialists of urology and nephrology. He informed that previously 14 dialysis machines were installed in the unit while another 10 dialysis machines have been included in the dialysis unit with the help of philanthropists through Patients Welfare Society. Kh. Imran Nazir, while addressing the ceremony said that efforts are being made to provide best care health facilities in the Govt. Shahdra Teaching Hospital so that people may not proceed to Lahore in search of healthcare. He said that day by day the hospital would further upgraded and more specialties would be introduced in the hospital. Malik Riaz MNA said that Government Shahdra Teaching Hospital is a precious gift from the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif to the poor people of Shahdra and its adjoining areas. He disclosed that a large number of patients from Narowal, Muridke, Gujranwala, Shakargarh and other adjoining areas also getting benefit from this hospital. Kh. Salman Rafique said that government has established half a dozen tehsil level hospitals in Lahore and upgradation of tertiary hospitals have also been carried out. Moreover, bed capacity of the hospitals have also been enhanced. He disclosed that new hospitals of 500 beds are under construction in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan which would be completed in a year through which 2000 beds would be included in the system. He said that a 500 beds hospital costs Rs.4 to 5 billion. Kh. Salman Rafique said that government is moving forward with a strategy to establish hospitals in other cities for providing treatment facilities to the people at local level.  The Minister disclosed that government is also going in an understanding with the hospitals attached to the private medical colleges for resolving the non-availability of beds. Vice Chancellor FJMU Prof. Fakhar Imam, President Patients Welfare Society also addressed the occasion and appreciated the cooperation of philanthropists for providing dialysis machines to the hospital.


The Punjab AIDS Control Program has set up Psychological Support Unit exclusively for counseling services to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C patients.

The announcement was made by the Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program, Dr. Adnan Zafar in a meeting of the Program Managers at the committee room of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare department. The Psychological Support Unit will provide services in Behavioral Therapy and Mental State Examination. The unit will be based in the PACP office, Institute of Public Health. Besides providing services for HIV/AIDS the unit will also cater to Hepatitis B and C patients. The Punjab AIDS Control Program and Punjab Hepatitis Control Program have developed program and communication synergy.  The PACP is providing free test and treatment facility to bus and truck drivers at key locations across Punjab. Free medical camps for drivers have already been organized in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sargodha, Gujranwala and Okara. The PACP also provides free treatment to all AIDS patients at treatment centres in Punjab.


Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir has directed the Medical Superintendents of DHQ and THQ hospitals to maintain Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) and provide quality healthcare to the patients as well as the revamping of these hospitals also be expedited.  He directed that all efforts should be exercised to achieve set targets.

He stated this while addressing the monthly conference of Medical Superintendents of DHQ and THQ hospitals in the Committee Room of Directorate General Health Services Punjab, here on Sunday. Besides, Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary and Director General Health Dr. Faisal Zahoor, Directors of Vertical Health Programmes, senior officers of the department and the medical superintendents were present in the meeting. Kh. Imran Nazir reiterated that the target of revamping of 40 DHQ/THQ hospitals would be achieved during the current financial year. Secretary P&S Health Ali Jan Khan informed the Minister that Emergency Medical Officers (EMO) are being posted in all the districts headquarter hospitals and their salary package would be upto Rs.2.5 lakh according to the distance and hard area. He said that nearby district like Kasur and Sheikhupura, the salary package would be Rs.1 lakh whereas in far flung areas like Rajanpur it would be Rs.2.5 lakh per month special pay package.  He further informed that EMOs would be exempted from the Medico Legal duties. Health Minister Kh. Imran Nazir said that information technology would be used and android applications would be introduced to monitor the performance of the medical superintendents. Kh. Imran Nazir further said that on the directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the Primary & Secondary healthcare system is being further strengthened to ensure healthcare facilities at the doorstep of the people. He said that apart from appointment of specialist doctors, Intensive Care Units (ICU) consisting of 5 beds would also be established in each DHQ hospital along with ventilators facility to provide best medical care to the serious patients at local level for saving their lives. Kh. Imran Nazir said that an integrated referral system has been introduced for which pool of ambulances has been set up under the control of rescue-1122 for immediate shifting of any serious patient from a small hospital to a tertiary level hospital for advanced treatment without any delay. He said that this pool has been set up at district level. The Minister directed to ensure biometric attendance of the staff, availability of medicines and maintain the standard of cleanliness in the hospitals. He stressed that the medical superintendents should have more vigilant in executing their official duties.  


On the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, activities of teams of Punjab Food Authority are continuing against adulteration Mafia throughout the province. The teams of Lahore while taking action in all the towns imposed a fine of Rs 15000 to Vania Food Industries on poor physical condition of employees, smoking in food processing area and various other charges and issued orders to Jawad Karyana Store, Goga General Store, Tariq Nan Shop, Fakhar-e-Millat Pan Shop, Shehzada Faridi Nan shop and Lasani General Store for improvement and making food licenses. Notices were issued to Sardar Poultry Traders, Adnan Poultry Point, Sher Rubbani Chicken, BM Chicken Sale Point, Khalil Chicken Sale Point for not using cone system and issued notices of improvement to Waris Nahari, New Khawaja Pakwan Center, Acha Milk Shop, Data Ghareeb Nawaz Hotel, Malik Hotel and City Marriage Hall in Samnabad Town. Rs. 20000 was imposed to Ziafat Restaurant at MM Alam Road Gulberg Town for keeping chicken at foot level, non availability of FIFO system, freezers and improper arrangement for another charges. Fine of Rs. 5000 was imposed to cafeteria at Children Hospital Ferozepur Road for smoking in production area, dirty mixing machines opened sewerage system while order to issue for improvement to children hospital Tuk Shop, Master Burger, Cream Juice Corner, Chicken Biryani and Ghulab Devi Chest Hospital Canteen. A fine of Rs. 10000 imposed to Din Tikka Restaurant Devis Road on poor physical condition of the employees and poor cleanliness arrangements. Similarly a fine of Rs. 5000 each was imposed to Rashid Latif Medical College Cafeteria and Mian Azam Naqshbandi on using blue chemical drums for food storage and poor condition of cleanliness and issued orders to medical Central Park Medical College Cafeteria, Lahori Naan Shop, Makki Bakery and Friends Paan Shop. A fine of Rs 10000 was imposed to Khan Matton and Naan Shop at Zarar Shahid Road Aziz Bhatti Town while orders of improvement and food license were issued to Tahir Paan Shop, Aslam Paan Shop, Manna Chaney Wala, Bismillah Paan Shop, Almadina Milk Shop and Hafiz Sweets Laal Kho and Hafiz Kozi Haleem. A fine of Rs. 1000 each was imposed to Haidery Juice Corner and Makkah Tower on poor cleanliness arrangements and issued orders of making food license and cleanliness to Faisal Shareef Karyana Store, Sheikh Manzoor General Store, Siddique General Store, Al Qaim Karyana Store, Ali Hajvery Naan Shop, Sahi General Store, Itefaq Cold Corner, Mehmood General Store, Rehmani Store, Saeed Store, Malik Sweets and Ilyas Karyana Store in Wahga Town Shalimar Town while orders were issued to Tanveer Ahmed Hotel, Rajpoot Hotel, Allah Malik Pan Shop, Mehar Nadeem Laddo Pithi wala and Mashallah General Store to get issued food license and improvement of cleanliness condition. Moreover, fine of Rs. 48000 was imposed in Gujranwala, 34000 in Multan and 48000 in Rawalpindi while notices for issued to 147 food points for improvement. DG Food Authority Noor ul Amin Mengal has said that in the first phase awareness training notices have been given while strict action will be taken against those non implementing laws and non improvement in cleanliness


The 16th Steering Committee meeting of PKLI was held on Saturday at the PKLI Secretariat. Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique chaired the meeting. Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, CEO & President PKLI, representatives from LESCO, Sui Gas, LDA, IDAP, WASA, P&D and the Health and Finance departments were also present in the meeting. The meeting was called in order to further discuss progress after the last Steering Committee Meeting. Infrastructure Development Authority of Punjab (IDAP) briefed on specifications for construction of building, including the on-going construction works like footing status, concrete work and various packages into which the construction is divided.

Khawaja Salman Rafique, Minister Health Punjab showed concern over the completion of utility services for the hospital and emphasized on the importance of timely completion. He said due to the reliance of one activity over another, nothing should be kept in limbo and everything must be completed without delays. Other issues like procurement progress of medical equipment, provision of utilities like electricity, safety and care, etc. for PKLI & RC were also deliberated upon. Public transportation, direction boards and telephone lines were also brought to light. Provision of a dedicated telephone line is being planned to provide unrestricted access to the hospital. Furthermore, LESCO briefed that best quality grid station will be imported from China soon to ensure the uninterrupted access to electricity. Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, President stated that toll free fax line services must be introduced that will facilitate the common citizens. At the end Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, President PKLI applauded the hard work and dedication with which all departments are working in sync.