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First two bone marrow transplantation procedures at Children Hospital has been successfully carried out. Children Hospital Lahore is the first public sector hospital across the country where bone marrow transplantation launched. It was announced by the Dean Children Hospital Prof. Masood Sadiq and Medical Director Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore in press conference after successful completion of bone marrow transplantation of two children i.e. Bilal two years and Aashir four years of age, at Children Hospital, here today. The real sisters of both the children have donated their bone marrow for their younger brothers. Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore said that it has become possible only due to the personal interest of and the attention paid by the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif with a vision to provide best healthcare facilities to the people of Punjab. Prof. Rathore further informed that both the donors and recipients are stable and their health is improving. He informed that Chief Minister Punjab has appointed Project Director Dr. Tahir Shamsi who is the pioneer of bone marrow in Pakistan and the Director of National Institute of Blood Diseases, Karachi (NIBD). He said that the doctors of Children Hospital have written new history of medical in Pakistan by conducting successful bone marrow transplantation in public sector hospital. Dr. Tahir Shamsi, while responding to a question informed that the procedure carried out after tissue matching of real siblings and after giving anesthesia 200-250 ml bone marrow obtained from the bones of the donor and infused in the recipient patient and the patient kept in infection free atmosphere for seven to eight weeks. He informed that after infusion bone marrow starts producing fresh blood. Dr. Shamsi further informed that the successful rate of this treatment is about 70 percent in all over the world. He informed that so far 2000 bone marrow transplantation have been carried out in Pakistan and all were in the private sector as before the Children Hospital Lahore there was not a single such facility available in Pakistan in public sector. Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore said that since the bone marrow transplantation facility is available in Children Hospital therefore many lives of children could be saved. Prof. Masood Sadiq informed the media that Children Hospital has become a centre of excellence and we are starting training program in bone marrow transplantation for the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff with a plan to introduce this facility in other hospitals of Punjab such as Nishtar Hospital Multan and Bahawalpur. Prof. Masood Sadiq and Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore congratulated the whole team of doctors, nurses and paramedics, who are specially trained for this procedure, on their success. The team leader Dr. Mewish Faizan informed that this way of treatment is helpful for the treatment of thalassemia, A-plastic anemia and cancer and those patients whose immunity is weak can also be treated by bone marrow transplantation. She expressed determination that her whole team would continue their dedicated efforts for conducting these procedures at Children Hospital. The other members of medical team were included Dr. Saima Farhan, Dr. Nasir Bukhari, Dr. Arifa, Dr. Mansoor Mazari, Dr. Rukhsana and the nursing staff. On this occasion, Mukhtar Ahmed father of Ashir who has got bone marrow transplantation lauded the Punjab government’s efforts and especially thanked to the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and the doctors of Children Hospital for providing such a costly treatment facility to his son free of cost.


On the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique and Minister for Primary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir would reach Rawalpindi on Wednesday to hold meetings with the Chief Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and other high officers to ensure coordinated efforts to control dengue in Islamabad and improving the dengue larva reporting and patients geo-tagging mechanism. Joint strategy would be evolved to overcome the dengue in Rawalpindi and Islamabad areas.
It was informed in the meeting of cabinet committee on dengue chaired by the Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare Khawaja Salman Rafique at Committee Room Civil Secretariat, here today. Besides, Provincial Minister Primary & Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir, Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Ms. Lubna Faisal MPA, Lord Mayor Lahore Col. (R) Mubahar Javed, Secretary Specialized Healthcare Najam Ahmed Shah, Secretary Primary Health Ali Jan Khan and Secretaries, Additional Secretaries of other concerned departments, convener DEAG Prof. Faisal Masood, officers from Punjab Information Technology Board and Special Branch were also present in the meeting. The Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers Health of other districts participated in the meeting through video link. Additional Director General Dengue Control Dr. Farrukh Sultan gave briefing regarding the dengue situation in the province. He informed the meeting that geo-tagging of dengue larva and the patients on PITB dashboard is not being properly carried out from Islamabad and there was a need for vigorous dengue surveillance activities to overcome the dengue in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Both the Ministers would also discuss the reporting system of dengue patients from the hospitals of Islamabad and the role of Capital Development Authority in dengue control activities.
Kh. Imran Nazir directed the local government departments to enhance their dengue related activities with the cooperation of elected local bodies representatives. He said that Chairmen of union councils and Lord Mayors would also be taken on board. Kh. Salman Rafique revealed that the activities of various departments a bit slow. He directed that the concerned departments should enhance their anti-dengue activities as the slight negligence could upset the situation. Kh. Salman Rafique took notice of the non-redressal of complaints and sore points reported by the Special Branch. The Minister directed that displeasure letters be sent to the concerned departments in this regard. He directed all the departments to prepare their presentations as the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif may call dengue meeting on any day.


Minster for Mines and Minerals Punjab Chaudhary Sher Ali Khan has said that first ever Mines and Mineral Policy has been drafted through international consultation with investment friendly approach. The policy has been prepared in the light of the Pakistan’s National Vision 2025, Punjab Growth Strategy 2018 and the objectives set out by the National Mineral Policy 1995 and 2013. The Policy will set out the direction and address the key issues that bar the mineral sector from achieving its true potential. Chaudhary Sher Ali Khan told this while presiding over a consultative session held here with the mine-owners. Secretary Mines and Mineral Punjab, Dr. Arshad Mahmood was also present in the meeting wherein foreign consultants presented the draft policy over the video conference call. Consultative sessions with other stakeholders including concerned departments, investors etc., will also be held in due course of time before forwarding the Policy to the Chief Minister and the Provincial Cabinet. 


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $200 million loan to assist the Punjab government for developing a sustainable urban infrastructure in Sahiwal and Sialkot through Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme. Government of Punjab is also providing $ 50 million equivalent as counterpart funds for the programme. Minister for Local Government & Rural Development, Manshaullah Butt has said that a modern and safe urban infrastructure is essential for development of intermediate cities for improving the quality of life of its residents, the programme is expected to benefit millions people in the Sahiwal and Sialkot cities. He said that “The Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program (PICIIP) will not only provide safer, efficient and sustainable urban infrastructure through transport, solid waste, waste water and drainage solution to the people in Sahiwal and Sialkot, it will also improve the health conditions of people,” he added. Minister for Local Government & Rural Development, Manshaullah Butt also said that the PICIIP is consistent with the Punjab Chief Ministers Vision 2020 for the urban sector, to create world class infrastructure and services, to strengthen systems of urban governess and to significantly improved urban planning and management frame work in Sahiwal and Sialkot. The scope of the project includes installation of centralized sewerage treatment plant (STP), rehabilitation of disposal station, replacement of sewer pipes, provision of missing equipment for sewage water management and unblocking of local drains, through rehabilitation of parks and green belts. ADB’s financing will help to enhance professional knowledge in the use of financial, human and natural resources for providing high quality of services at affordable cost said Secretary Local Government and Community Development Department Aslam Kamboh. The programme includes various capacity development programmes which will also be delivered to relevant staff in the government and urban service companies of Sahiwal and Sialkot.


Ground breaking ceremony of North Medical Ward, Mayo Hospital was held on Sunday. Tajamal Foundation has taken the responsibility to build a state-of-the-art 5 story building of historical North Medical Ward of Mayo Hospital at a cost of Rs.130 million. The covered area of the building would be 40 thousand sqf. Begum Mian Tajamal Hussain (late) unveiled the plaque of foundation stone of the building. Mian Nusrat Hussain younger brother of late Mian Tajamal Hussain and other family members, coordinator of the project Prof. Muhammad Awais, Medical Superintendent Dr. Tahir Khalil and the technical consultants were present on the occasion. Prof. Muhammad Awais informed that family of late Mian Tajamal Hussain is spending Rs.130 million on this project. He said that all necessities including H-VAC system is also part of the project which would be completed within a year. He said that the building of being constructed in the memory of Mian Tajamal Hussain by his family and thousands of patients would get benefit from this act of charity.   

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