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.
Dr Faisal Zahoor Director General Health Services Punjab called internal review meeting of all the vertical programs and other functional arms of the Directorate, here on Saturday. All the program managers were directed to review their annual development plan expenditure and future requirements for necessary action. Dr Faisal desired to develop innovative health interventions to improve the health care deliver services in the province. Dengue seasonal response preparedness was discussed in detail. He directed to complete staff refresher trainings, intensify surveillance, and launch dengue awareness campaign. While discussing the polio situation in the province the DGHS reviewed the polio campaign in response to the polio case reported in Lodhran. Dr Faisal directed to improve routine EPI coverage which is core requirement to maintain immunity level in the children and prerequisite to polio eradication.
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
Punjab AIDS Control Program has started month-long free medical camp for truck and bus drivers at Okara Goods Transport Welfare Association Office, Okara. Punjab AIDS Control Program is providing free test facility for Hepatitis B & C, TB, Diabetes, Blood Group and HIV. PACP will also provide free treatment for Hepatitis and HIV positive patients.
The event was inaugurated by Chairman Municipal Corporation District Okara Malik Ali Qadir. President Punjab Goods Transport Association Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry, President Okara Goods Transport Welfare Association Chaudhry Muhammad Gulshan, General Secretary Okara Goods Transport Welfare Association Malik Khalid and other drivers, cleaners and helpers were present on the occasion. Punjab AIDS Control Program representative Yasir Abbas Mirza facilitated the camp. Chairman Municipal Corporation District Okara, Malik Ali Qadir said that the camp was an opportunity for truck and bus drivers to get free tests.
The Program plans to open similar camps in other busy centers for truck drives in all key districts across the province. PACP has organized similar camps at Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Sargodha, and Lahore.
Provincial Minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment (ICI) Sheikh Alauddin has said that 2nd International Business Seminar to be conducted in April would enhance business opportunities as well as revive sick industry of Punjab. He was addressing a review meeting held on the proposed seminar at Civil Secretariat Darbar Hall on Friday. Provincial ministers for Finance Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Minister for Mines Sher Ali Khan, higher officers of concerned departments and representatives from Industrial and trade organizations were also present on the occasion. Secretary ICI Dr. Mujtaba Piracha delivered a detailed presentation on the progress of preparations for the mega event. He told that the seminar and a grand exhibition of local industrial products would be held on 12-14 April at the Expo Center Lahore. He said “The Spring Festival, Basant Festival, cultural shows, handicrafts exhibitions and many other colorful recreational activities will be part of the event. It will introduce vast opportunities to the investors to explore new horizons of business collaborations in large number of industrial, commerce and social sectors in Punjab. The top priority areas anticipated to attract foreign investment are identified as manufacturing, handicrafts, agriculture, Livestock, Halal Meat, Mines and Minerals, textiles and garments, poultry, energy, auto motive, tourism, food processing, education, health, IT and services. Foreign embassies of 23 countries and local missions and consulates of USA, Turkey, Iran and China have also been contacted to participate the seminar and expo. Almost 600 delegates are expected to visit Lahore in this regard. The preparations are underway and will be finalized by 15th March.” Sh. Alauddin, appreciating the Punjab Govt’s initiative, suggested keeping the outcomes of last Business seminar 2015 in mind while chalking out the priority areas and list of the countries as the MoUs signed but not matured was a futile effort. “The money spending must bring something positive in favour of Pakistani industry and exports. The seminar must aim at revival of the sick industry such as Ceramics, Textiles and manufacturing.” He added. The Finance minister directed to hold a meeting with the Chief Secretary Punjab in next week and take all departments on board to make the seminar a success. She also directed Police department to finalize security plan of the seminar by 15th March.