Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir presided over a weekly review meeting of internal traffic lights of different projects at PMU Office, here today. Besides Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan all the officers of Primary & Secondary Health Department, Project Directors, Program Managers of vertical programs, Special Secretary Health were present in the meeting. The special focus of the meeting was on procurement, up-gradation of drug testing laboratories, utilization of budget, chickenpox situation and preparation for dengue control. Kh. Imran Nazir directed accelerate the work on development schemes. He stressed the need of efficient use of funds.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Tayyip Erdogan Trust called on the Minister Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir and discussed the matters of development and construction of tehsils level hospitals. Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Deputy Secretary Health Dr. Yadullah, officers of Communication & Works Department and other concerned officers of Health Department were present in the meeting. The meeting reviewed the construction/development work of THQ Hospital Manawan and THQ Hospital Raiwind. The meeting decided to add more floors in THQ Hospital Raiwind for construction of operation theatres, cafeteria, laundry, store and mosque. The meeting also decided to add mosque in THQ Hospital Manawan. It was also discussed to handover the THQ level hospital of Manawan, Sabzazar, Raiwind and Kahna for operating the hospital smoothly and in a befitting manner.
The Steering Committee meeting of PKLI was held on Friday 9th June, 2017 at the (PKLI & RC) Secretariat. Khawaja Salman Rafique, Minister of Health, Government of Punjab and Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, President & CEO, PKLI&RC chaired the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to evolve a unified strategy for elimination of hepatitis in the province in line with the Government of Punjab’s hepatitis control program and global health strategy on viral hepatitis. The meeting noted that all the stakeholders should work in synergy for early enactment of Punjab Hepatitis Prevention and Control Act. This will provide implementation of policy on all aspects such as hospital waste management, dialysis, auto destructive syringes, use of sterilized instruments and vaccination of exposed and vulnerable segments of the society.
Khawaja Salman Rafique highlighted the immense importance of the PKLI’s project and stated that in view of complex situation of hepatitis prevalence, we feel there is a need for an independent structured program and legislative framework for healthcare professionals of Pakistan where the latest findings of hepatitis are translated to daily clinical practice based on local and international key opinion leaders, focusing on local and regional challenges and solutions. Khawaja Salman Rafique showed concern before the participants that, there is an urgent need of role clarification of responsibilities between PKLI & RC, Government of Punjab and Tertiary Healthcare Department. This will help in avoiding any duplication of efforts to public service. Dr. Saeed Akhter mentioned Pakistan can immensely take benefit from the experience of other nations like Egypt and Georgia, who have been successfully combating hepatitis. He added PKLI is being planned to operate laboratory section under structured code of network that will cater to the growing number of hepatitis patients in far flung areas across Punjab. This robust database plan is being planned under sentinel sites of state-of-the-art PKLI & RC. Khawaja Salman Rafique and Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter ensured that uniform policies and protocols with respect to diagnosis and treatment that is vitally important in line with the subject of making hepatitis free Pakistan.
Provincial Minister for Planning and Development Malik Nadeem Kamran has said that on the direction of Chief Minister Punjab sale of unsubsidized flour in white bags has been banned in the province during the holy month of Ramzan to ensure availability of subsidized flour in open market. Only subsidized flour in green bags would be sold in Ramzan bazaars and open market from June 11.
Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Ramzan Plan at Civil Secretariat on Friday, the minister said that decision to ban sale of flour in white bags was taken so that benefit of subsidized flour could be given to maximum number of people. He directed that quality, quantity and sale of commodities at fixed prices be ensured in Ramzan bazaars.
Chief Secretary Punjab Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said that the Punjab government has given huge subsidy on flour, adding that in view of unavailability of subsidized flour at some places, decision was taken that all flour mills in the province would only be allowed to sale subsidized flour in green bags. He directed the deputy commissioners to ensure implementation of this order and take action in case of violation. He also ordered them to personally visit markets to monitor auction process as per the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab. There would be zero tolerance in this matter, he warned.
The Secretary Food Department told the meeting that all the flour mills in the province have been informed about ban on sale of unsubsidized flour in white bags and policy on provision of subsidized flour. He said that wheat quota for districts have been increased for adding more flour mills in the system of provision of subsidized flour.
Those among present were Secretary Industries, Additional IG Special Branch, deputy commissioner Lahore, officers of Agriculture and Livestock Department whereas deputy commissioners joined the meeting through video link.
Provincial Minister for Schools Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that revolutionary steps have been taken in social sector reforms under the leadership of Chief Minister Punjab. Punjab province has presented historical budget, he added.
He said this while giving briefing to media-men on educational reforms at 90-Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam, yesterday. He said that we have to restore the respect of the teachers. School Education Department is going to promote Grade-9 teachers to Grade-14 whereas Grade-14 to Grade-16 and Grade-16 to Grade-17. Secretary Schools Education Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik done a great job for the up-gradation and betterment in pay scale of the teachers, he added.
Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan said that Schools Education Department is going to send as many as 5,000 best performing teachers to the best institutions of the world for their capacity building. He said that 80 thousand teachers are being recruited on merit this year. Teachers are our asset and they are real change makers. We will get enroll all children by 2018. As many as 70 schools of Punjab proved their metal in the world under British Council’s Connecting Classroom Project. Missing facilities including clean drinking water, furniture, boundary walls, electricity are being provided all over Punjab. As many as 5000 early childhood education classrooms have been made functional in Punjab the number of which will be increased to 10,000 next year. School Education Department is going to establish a complaint cell for improving performance and addressing the complaints. Digital smart boards are being installed in the schools for the capacity building of students, he concluded.
Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique paid a surprise visit to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi on Thursday. Kh. Salman Rafique inspected the parking stand, hospital cafeteria, different wards, pharmacy, outdoor, laboratory, radiology diagnostic. He also reviewed the cleanliness and hygienic conditions in the hospital. He was furious to see the poor cleanliness conditions and garbage in the parking stand area and hospital’s cafeteria. The Minister took serious notice of the situation and directed to impose penalty of Rs. 5000 to the parking and Rs. 10 thousand to the contractor of the hospital’s cafeteria. Kh. Salman Rafique inquired from the patients admitted in the wards about the facilities and provision of free medicines to them. The patients expressed their satisfaction over the situation. Kh. Salman Rafique conveyed displeasure to the Medical Superintendent over the mismanagement of parking and canteen and asked the hospital administration to make regular inspection and take rounds the hospital instead of sitting in the rooms. He said that instead of waiting the visit of the Minister, cleanliness drive should be continue as a routine work on regular basis and the MS, AMS and other administrative doctors should monitor the situation personally. He said that good state of cleanliness and hygiene would help in infection control which is a basic requirement of every hospital.