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9-member Turk delegation of public health experts currently on a 10-day tour of the province of Punjab have completed the assessment regarding extent of implementation of family medicine model and early disease warning system on the analogy of Turkish healthcare system in district Kasur as a pilot project. For this purpose family medicine information system and a pathological laboratory service will be established before launching of the new pilot project with the collaboration of Turkish public health experts. Government of the Punjab has appointed ten dedicated field coordinators to accomplish this task while the Turkish government will nominate five permanent consultants to run this collaborative programme all over the province in future.    

This was disclosed by the head of Turkish delegation Dr. Hassan Shah in a meeting with Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shmail Ahmad Khawaja during the concluding meeting here today with the Turkish delegation at the office of Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab. Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique, Minister for Primary & Secondary Healthcare Kh. Imran Nazir, Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah and Secretary Primary & Secondary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan were also present on the occasion. 

Additional Chief Secretary Shmail Ahmad Khawaja informed the delegation that the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has decided to seek collaboration in another pilot project to induct 100 motorcycle-health personnel equipped with the first-aid box. These motorcycle riders will work under the Rescue 1122 Emergency Services where four-wheeler ambulances cannot operate due to narrow passages and traffic jam particularly in the metro-polis of Lahore to start with.

He further apprised the delegation that owing to increasing influx of patients to the tertiary hospitals from far-flung rural areas of the province, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has decided to launch rescue-1122 Emergency Ambulance Service to save the lives of seriously endangered patients. For this purpose Rescue-1122 Emergency Services will be integrated to the tertiary hospitals with the technical collaboration of public health experts of the Republic of Turkey. He expressed his delight over the fact that a 15-points MoU has already been inked in a ceremony held at Hazoori Bagh Lahore on November 17 this year in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to collaborate with the Punjab government in transforming the health sector. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja said that the government of the Punjab wants to outsource non-core clinical services, medical research, diagnostic facilities, incineration, laundry services, parking and security arrangements of two tertiary hospitals, one in Lahore and one in Faisalabad along with two secondary healthcare hospitals of Sheikhupura and Muzaffargarh districts. The Punjab government will also seek technical collaboration in short term training of hospital managers and nurses apart from establishing family health services model and Emergency Services Control & Command System in the public sector hospitals all over the Punjab. A


Special persons suffer more due to negative social attitudes than their physical disability and their rights are violated mainly at their homes where their parents adopt a discriminatory attitude to them and they are deprived of healthcare, education and other basic necessities. Punjab government is striving for provision of equal opportunities of education, health, vocational training and business to the handicapped persons and awareness campaigns are launched at public level for this purpose. 

These views were expressed by Provincial Minster for Finance and Vice Chairperson Punjab Social Protection Authority Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Lahore Businessmen Association for Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD) and Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA) in connection with international day for the disabled, today. The Minister said that government has evolved a policy for rehabilitation of disabled persons under which provincial government with the collaborations of its private partners especially LABARD will provide services to handicapped persons such as training, education, vocational training, financial assistance as well as interest-free loans for business. She said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is taking keen interest in the solution of problems of special person and the agreement with LABARD is a step in this direction. General Secretary LABARD Muhammad Saeed Khan and Director Khidmat Card Programme of PSPA Mirza Naseer Anayat signed the MoU in the presence of Chief Executive Officer PSPA Dr. Sohail Anwar. 


 Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique has said that on the instructions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif four teaching hospitals, Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi and Children Hospital Multan would be developed as model hospitals. This project would be cost billions of rupees to the government exchequer. According to the plan, the present buildings / infrastructure of the hospitals, sewerage and electric system would be improved and deficiencies in the plumbing and water supply also be removed and a new look would be given to the said hospitals. He further said that the medical equipment and machinery would be overhauled and new equipment also be provided according to the requirements. 

He stated this while chairing a meeting in connection with the development of the four teaching hospitals as model hospitals. Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Consultant Dr. Haq Nawaz Bharwana, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof. Dr. Mahmood Shaukat, MS of Jinnah Hospital, Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi, Children Hospital Multan and Technical Expert of Infrastructure Development Agency Punjab (IDAP) also attended the meeting. Secretary Health Najam Ahmed Shah directed that janitorial services, plumbing, laundry and printing work of the hospitals should be completely outsourced. He also directed to furnish a report regarding the needs of architectural designing, removing of seepage from the hospitals, changing / repairing electrical wiring, water supply, flooring and cost estimates should be furnished, for this purpose, he directed to constitute a technical committee in which senior officers of C&W Department, Chief Engineering Building, Specialized Healthcare and Technical Experts from IDAP to be included.

While addressing the meeting, Kh. Salman Rafique said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is providing funds of billions of rupees for the development of health sector. He said that efficient use of these funds and maximum output with minimum expenditure should be our target so that best results could be achieved by spending billions of rupees on health sector development. Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) would be ensured in the hospitals, the Minister added.   


The Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP) awarded scholarships to Ph.D and M. Phil students carrying out research on AIDS on World AIDS Day at a local hotel here on Thursday. The World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on 1st December every year. Program Director PACP Dr. Adnan Zafar awarded scholarship to 15 Ph.d and 21 M.Phil students who are doing their research on AIDS. The students are doing research in Pakistan’s leading universities i.e. LUMS, University of the Punjab and Govt. College University among others. Besides awarding scholarship to researchers, the PACP also organized technical sessions of renowned figures from academia who shared their researches on strategies to combat the disease, development of vaccination, drugs discovery, epidemiological and other areas. The guest speakers included Prof. Shahzad-ul-Hussan, Prof. Shaper Mirza and Dr. Salma. 

Dr. Adnan Zafar said: “Over a period of time it was realized that data analysis and research on the subject are key areas for overcoming the challenges of HIV transmission in Pakistan. Supporting research will go a long way in helping us control HIV in Pakistan.” He also said that PACP is also running consultative and diagnostic centers for HIV/AID Sat different locations. 

He highlighted that the program was continuously trying to expand its research resource and employing multi-pronged strategies to curb and control the diseases. Dr. Adnan also highlighted that PACP is working on the finalization of databank of infection careers for which screening of truck drivers and cleaners has been started. He further said PACP was effectively developing synergies with other programs to ensure compliance with hospital waste management protocols, controlling of reuse of disposable syringes and creating awareness for barbers, dentists regarding sterilization of tools before use. 


Musarrat Misbah will deliver a special lecture on women rights at 10 am at University of Lahore under “her talk” campaign of elimination of violence against women under the aegis of Provincial Women Development Department. Later, Oscar Award winner documentary film of Obaid Chinoy “The Girl in the River” will be exhibited.