Rescue 1122 service has crossed another milestone as Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar formally launched this service in 79 tehsils of the province. A ceremony was held at CM's Office to hand over the new 22 ambulances' keys to emergency officers of 11 tehsils by the CM in the first phase. Initially, Rescue 1122 service has been started in Sharqpur Sharif, Safdarabad, Narang Mandi, Nowshera Virkan, Nurpur, Quaidabad, Kahror Pakka, Renala Khurd, Pindi Bhattian, Darya Khan and Jalalpur Pirwala tehsils. A tehsil-level rescue station would comprise two ambulances and a 29-member staff. The CM said new ambulances have been provided for timely delivery of emergency services as new rescue stations have been built in 79 tehsils and towns. Emergency services would be started in these tehsils by June, he added. To further streamline the emergency services, a service structure has also been devised for rescuers to get promotions, he noted. Punjab will be the first province to introduce a rescue air ambulance service and this would give emergency medical assistance a new identity as rescue air ambulance service would extend the scope to remote areas. Every life is precious and timely treatment is the right of every person, the CM underscored. Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Mian Khalid Mahmood, MNAs Sanaullah Mastikhel and Shaukat Bhatti, SACM Hasaan Khawar, secretary information, DG Rescue 1122 and others were also present.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said here on Monday that 85% school going children in the stipulated vaccination age group have been vaccinated and 100% children will very soon be vaccinated. The Health Minister joined the high-level NCOC video conference from the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department. The meeting was chaired by Federal Minister Asad Umar. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Faisal Sultan was also present in the meeting. Education and Health Ministers of all provinces as well as top officials also joined the meeting. From Punjab, besides Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imran Sikander Baloch, Brigadier Asad, Additional Secretary and technical team members joined. The Health Minister shared the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and vaccination status. Provincial Education Minister Murad Raas shared the latest vaccination figures of teachers and students at educational institutions of Punjab. The Health Minister said, “So far we have vaccinated 85% children at schools falling in the vaccination age group and very soon the target of 100% vaccination shall be achieved. Corona situation is under control yet. We have administered at least two vaccine doses to 57% population of Punjab. Overall 46 million have been vaccinated. In the first phase of the Reach Every Door campaign, more than 14 million people were vaccinated. The phase-II of the Reach Every Door campaign shall continue in Lahore and Faisalabad till January 31. We are enforcing compliance with SOPs in the province as per NCOC directions. I appeal to the people of Punjab to voluntarily follow SOPs. We have to take preventive measures in the wake of the spread of the Omicron variant. Adequate resources are available for treatment of patients at Punjab hospitals.”
A delegation led by Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Barrister Khalid Khursheed called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office on Monday. On the occasion, it was agreed to further expand the bilateral cooperation along with the promotion of inter-provincial harmony. The CM assured to collaborate with the GB government for digitization of land record system and the establishment of medical college there. The Punjab government would also provide 15000 metric tons of wheat to the GB government along with the continuation of all-out assistance to improve the civic amenities; he assured and pointed out that the Punjab government has always extended technical assistance to other federating units. The people of Gilgit Baltistan are our brethren and Punjab would continue to extend its every possible support to it, the CM repeated and announced to visit GB soon. Khalid Khursheed thanked Usman Buzdar and invited him to visit Gilgit Baltistan. The Punjab government’s cooperation would enhance brotherhood and the passion for national unity, he added. Both strongly condemned Indian atrocities being committed against oppressed Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and CM Usman Buzdar asserted that the Pakistani nation is standing with their Kashmiri brethren like a solid rock. No power in the world could detach the immortal relationship, he added. GB Health Minister Haji Gul Bahar, Food Advisor Shams Lone and others were included in the GB delegation while Punjab’s Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, SMBR, secretaries of food and specialized healthcare and medical education departments were also present.
On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar, Special Coordinator Chief Minister and Chairperson Child Protection Bureau Sarah Ahmad has inaugurated the Child Protection Bureau in Sahiwal. While addressing the inaugural ceremony Sarah Ahmad, chairperson CPWB said that with the opening of the Child protection Bureau in Sahiwal, another promise of the Punjab government has been fulfilled. She said that the Bureau in Sahiwal has started its work. The complete housing facilities would be provided to children in the Child Protection Bureau Sahiwal. Chairperson Sarah Ahmad briefed that separate residential hostels with capacity of 50 boys and girls have been set up in Child Protection Bureau Sahiwal. The Child Protection Bureau Sahiwal will also provide education, health and other basic facilities to children. Chairperson Sarah Ahmad said that the establishment of the Child Protection Bureau in Sahiwal would make it possible to protect the rights of children here. Child Protection Units are being set up in all the districts of Punjab. The Chairperson said that the scope of Child Protection Bureau would soon be extended to all the districts of Punjab. Moreover, she thanked the Chief Minister Punjab, Chief Secretary Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary Home Department and other departments for their cooperation and support in setting up Child Protection Bureaus and Child Protection Units in the districts of Punjab. Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Sahiwal, RPO Sahiwal, local political leadership, district focal persons and others were also present on the occasion.
Punjab is all set to complete 162 development schemes before June 2022, said Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid while chairing a meeting at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department. The meeting was attended by Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imran Sikander Baloch, Special Secretary Saleha Saeed, Special Secretary Development, Additional Secretary Admin Saira Omar, Dr. Akhtar Rasheed, Dr. Naeem Majeed, Amir Hussain Ghazi, representatives of IDAP and other officials. The Health Minister reviewed progress on fresh hirings in the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and South Punjab, Prime Minister Health Initiative, Mobile Health Units and Mother and Child Hospitals. Secretary P&SHD Imran Sikander Baloch shared the status of ongoing recruitment drive and the progress on development initiatives. The Health Minister said, “The upgradation of public sector health facilities under the Prime Minister Health Initiative is in accordance largely with timelines. Mother and Child Hospitals at Mianwali, Attock, Layyah, Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar is underway at a fast pace. By June 2022, 162 schemes will be completed. The projects inching closer to completion are mother and child hospitals, development schemes, balance work of revamping of THQs and DHQs, revamping of all THQs, trauma centers and other schemes. All officials have been asked to complete the ongoing development schemes in time. Development work with this much focus on minutae has never been started in the province. The credit for provision of these facilities goes to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. As a worker of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I am only doing my work for coming generations. Like Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat Crad, we will present new facilities to people of the province. Our new hospitals shall prove to be model facilities. Mobile Health Units and Mobile Diagnostic facilities are being reintroduced.