Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that all the teachings, tehsil and district hospitals must ensure all arrangements of prevention and treatment of seasonal flu (H1, N1) across the province. He said that all district health authorities and medical superintendents of teaching hospitals should submit seasonal flu monitoring report on daily basis. He instructed that all doctors, nurses and hospital staff should adopt preventive measures during treatment of the patients so that the virus will not transfer to other people. Kh. Salman Rafique directed all the MSs and CEOs to ensure the availability of Tamiflu in sufficient quantity for timely treatment of the patient.
He expressed these views while taking a meeting on monitoring of seasonal flu in all districts of the Punjab. Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Secretary Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan, Director General Healthcare Dr. Akhtar Rasheed, officers of Health Department and MSs of the hospitals attended the meeting through video link. On this occasion, the Minister said that all the hospitals should launch awareness campaign for prevention of seasonal flu.
The officers of the Health Department briefed the Provincial Minister on overall situation of seasonal flu in Punjab. Secretary for Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan said that department has issued prevention guidelines for seasonal flu to all the district health authorities and they are taking every possible step in this regard. He said that department issued the instructions to all the District Health Authorities and MSs to submit disease surveillance report of seasonal flu on daily basis.
Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Khawaja Imran Nazir said here Wednesday that emerging health challenges require innovative solutions and the department is working towards synergies and partnerships.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of PACP Testing Center in Munshi Ladda Bagh, Karim Park area, he said that the key to solving complex problems is synergy and public-private partnerships. The Center provides multi-purpose solutions, including school education, vocational training by TEVTA and interest free loans by Akhuwat to marginalized communities under one roof. The Punjab AIDS Control Program is providing free testing services for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, free vaccination for Hep B and free treatment for HIV and Hepatitis.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib, Director General Walled City of Lahore Authority, Mr. Kamran Lashari, Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program, Dr. Asim Altaf, Dr. Rashid from Ali Zafar Foundation and a large number of local residents. Minister P&SH, Khawaja Imran Nazir said, “The government is committed to providing healthcare services to people especially the marginalized communities and High Risk groups. I congratulate PACP for introducing out of box plans and developing integrated development solutions with WCLA and AKhuwat.” Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib said that Akhuwat is focusing on under privileged communities and the organization has disbursed Rs. 35 billion loans from Chief Minister Khud Rozgar Scheme to deserving people with a recovery exceeding 99 per cent. He said Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Program is already working in partnership with the PACP. Director General Walled City of Lahore Authority Mr. Kamran Lashari emphasized that government organizations may synergize their activities for better outcomes. “For shared objectives, resources may be synergized and public welfare must be the ultimate objective of all,” Mr. Lashari added. Additional Secretary (Technical) Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and Program Director Punjab AIDS Control Program, Dr. Asim Altaf referring to the tripartite arrangement said that all organizations are making all out efforts to facilitate the public in their spheres. He said two more similar centers will be opened, one in Delhi Gate and the other in Texali Gate. The testing center offers free medical tests for HIV, Hepatitis B, C, Blood Group, besides providing much needed awareness regarding HIV, Hepatitis B and C.
Punjab wrestling team overwhelmed their rivals with a great professional performance and clinched all eight gold medals in the 2nd edition of Quaid-i-Azam Inter-Provincial Games at Islamabad Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Punjab contingent continued its marvelous medal-winning performance added 35 more medals on the third day of grand sports event. Overall Punjab’s medals tally has reached up to 86.
In the wrestling event, Punjab’s Faizul Hasan won gold medal in 57kg category, Mohsin Ali in 61kg, Amaan Ahmed in 65kg, Intizar Hussain in 70kg, Hasan Mehmood Butt in 74kg, M Noman in 86kg, Tayyab Raza in 97kg and M Awais captured gold medal in 125kg category. Punjab weightlifters also excelled in their respective categories and won four gold medals. Young weightlifters Farhan Amjad Butt Sharjeel Butt, Sohail Kaleem, and Sameer showed amazing resilience and bagged four valuable gold medals for Punjab. In athletics, Punjab boys and girls grabbed 7 gold, 6 silver and three bronze medals. Punjab also pocketed one gold and a silver in snooker event, and two gold medals in men/women badminton competition. The tug-of-war gold also went to Punjab, which defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without much trouble. Punjab kabaddi team qualified for final after defeating Islamabad in the closely contested semifinal encounter. In squash boy’s event, Punjab stunned Gilgit Baltistan and booked a place in the title clash while in girls event, Punjab reached final after eliminating Islamabad. In football event, Punjab toppled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the semifinal comfortably. Minister Sports Jahangir Khanzada and Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan admired Punjab’s remarkable performance in Quaid-i-Azam Inter-Provincial Games. He urged the Punjab athletes to maintain their performance in the remaining events and win maximum number of gold medals in the mega event.
Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that Health department has established Flu Filtration Clinics in all THQ, DHQ and teaching Hospitals of Punjab. He said that Majority of H1N1 cases are reported from Multan and other Southern Districts. He said that H1N1 virus can be only control by adopting Preventive Measures and proper care to influenza patients. Khawaja Imran Nazir said that only three cases reported from Lahore. The patients, their families and medical staff of that hospital are also vaccinated by Health department. Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique said that Government is providing medicines and vaccination to all the effected Persons and their families. He said that people should adopt preventive measures to avoid H1N1 Virus. Both Health Ministers expressed these views while talking to the media at Istanbul chowk, Mall road here today. They distributed Mask and Awareness literature among Public. Activity was organized by Directorate General Health Services. Director General Health Services Dr. Akhter Rasheed, Director EPI Dr. Munir, CEO Health Lahore Dr. yadullah and officials participated. At this occasion, DG Health Services Dr. Akhter Rasheed said that campaign has been launched in all districts to provide awareness to general public about seasonal flu.
The Punjab Government has launched the 100 Days to Doing Business Reform Plan to facilitate businesses and start-ups to improve the investment environment in the province, in keeping with the Punjab Growth Strategy 2018 which sets the target of achieving 8 percent economic growth.
According to Census 2017, Punjab is home to approximately 53 percent of Pakistan’s total population. It is the second largest province with a population as high as 110 million. The rapidly growing population necessitates creation of approximately 1 million quality jobs, according to the Punjab Growth Strategy 2018.
“For the economy to grow and flourish, improving the business environment is indispensable,” Secretary Planning and Development Department Iftikhar Ali Sahoo told media on the occasion of the launch of 100 Days Plan to Doing Business Reforms. “The government of Punjab has launched a spate of initiatives to ease up doing business procedures in collaboration with the World Bank. This agenda is being driven at the top level in collaboration with multiple provincial departments and agencies. More importantly, the private sector has been engaged throughout the conception and implementation phase of the reform initiatives.” While aiming to improve the business environment of the province, the Doing Business reform agenda also seeks to improve Pakistan’s ranking on the Doing Business Index. According to the recently published World Bank's flagship Doing Business Report 2018, Pakistan slipped by three points and now ranks at 147 out of 190 economies. However, it registered progress on the Distance to Frontier (DTF) by 51.65. DTF shows the distance of each economy to the “frontier,” which represents the best performance observed on each of the indicators across all economies in the Doing Business indicators. An economy’s distance to frontier is measured on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 represents the frontier. The ease of doing business ranking ranges from 1 to 190. According to the WB’s flagship Doing Business Report, India’s ranking improved from 130 to 100 – something that business and economics observers have attributed to personal interest from Prime Minister Narendar Modi. “Ease of doing business involves introducing major reforms across departments like the SECP, State Bank and other national institutions which cannot be done without personal interest from the top leadership,” said Secretary Sahoo. “Which is why the Prime Minister has set up a steering committee under his chairmanship with top officials from these departments tasked to follow up on the reform and implementation process.” World over, economies where small and medium size enterprises find the investment environment conducive through facilitation are the most vibrant. The WB Doing Business Reform ranking is based on a survey launched in February every year, with “contributors” from the private sector participating actively in the evaluation survey. The report measures 11 indicators – from laws, frameworks and procedures facilitating or hampering starting of an enterprise to others across the life cycle of a business. “It is like a race for countries who want to be at the top [in terms of appeal to investors],” said senior World Bank representative. “It is important that when reform happens, businesses should feel the impact and contributors should see implementation [to respond favourably to the survey]. In Pakistan, there has been recognized progress around four reforms in Doing Business Report 2018– from ease of starting a business to property registration, protecting minority and facilitating cross border trade. Reforms across these have contributed to improving Pakistan’s image.” The report usually surveys the investment situation in leading commercial cities with a population over a million. Karachi’s contribution to Pakistan’s ranking is 65 percent; Lahore’s is 35 percent. Pakistan is currently pursuing 44 reforms across a range of indicators with Punjab initiating reforms aimed at registering property, enforcing contracts, dealing with construction permits and starting a business. “The Hundred Days Plan is aimed at low hanging fruit that can generate the greatest impact in terms of improving Pakistan’s rating and Punjab’s relate to these four indicators,” said Ali Jalal, Programme Director, Programme Implementation Unit, P&D, Punjab. “But other than the ranking, for us in the government the incentive is to really improve the business and investment environment.” Journalists at the briefing wanted to know why only Lahore and Karachi have been selected for the survey and not other cities. Secretary Sahoo said that reforms are piloted for implementation in the main commercial cities for their efficacy and then extended to other cities at a later stage. “Earlier it was about nationalization and business control, now it is about opening up. But our structures are still outmoded and obsolete. Reforms are meant to change that.”