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Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah has directed the concerned officials to take steps for bringing immediate improvement in the allied hospitals attached with the medical universities/medical colleges. He added that people should be accorded opportunities to take benefits from resources and facilities of the attached hospitals and immediate steps be taken regarding recruitment/posting of specialist doctors and other staff.

He stated this while presiding over an emergency meeting held in his office, here today as a follow up to his surprise visit to Government Teaching Hospital Mozang and Lady Wellingdon Hospital. Special Secretary Health Dr. Sajid Mehmood Chohan, Special Secretary Development Usman Mouzam, Additional Secretary Admin. Raja Mansoor, Additional Secretary Development Shahid-ur-Rehman, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, VC King Edward Medical University Prof. Dr. Qazi Saeed, Chief Executive Mayo Hospital Prof. Dr. Asad Aslam Khan, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, MS Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr. Fayaz Butt, DG Information Technology Project Management Office Faraz Haider, Consultants Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore and Medical Superintendents of Government Nawaz Sharif Hospital Yakki Gate, Government Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, Lady Wellingdon Hospital, Lady Aitcheson Hospital, Government Shahdara Teaching Hospital, Government Said Mitha Hospital and Government Teaching Hospital Mozang attended the meeting. Secretary Health expressed his strong indignation over the poor working conditions of Mozang Teaching Hospital and observed that the hospital affairs have been neglected by the concerned authority and the resources are not properly being utilized to provide better healthcare services to the patients. He directed that affairs of all the allied hospitals in Lahore should be improved within one week. He lamented that during his surprise visit to Government Mozang Hospital last night, many of the beds were found empty while senior medical officer was also absent from duty. He said that on one side Mayo Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are overloaded with patients’ burden especially the females don’t get beds in gyne wards and on other side the resources of allied hospitals attached with the large hospitals are not being fully utilized. He said that teaching faculty should accept its responsibility to run the respective allied hospitals according to their capacity and directed that every medical university and college should hold meetings fortnightly with the MSs of the concerned hospitals to remain aware of the situation as well as to monitor the performance of the allied hospitals. The report of this meeting should be sent to the Secretariat as well, he added. Najam Shah said that he will monitor the situation in any of the attached hospital after one week by conducting a surprise visit there.                              


Central Leader of Pakistan Muslim League and Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz has said that holding of in time fair and free general elections are vital for the future of Pakistan otherwise nothing would left but darkness and disappointment. He said that development of country is more important than the power and policies and democracy should continue at any cost so that sustainable development could be ensured. He was addressing Lap Top Distribution Ceremony here at Aiwan-e-Iqbal which was 4th phase of Rs. 7 billion’s worth of having 1,16,000 lap tops. Hamza Shahbaz said that achievements in the field of education in Punjab are remarkable and new trends have been set by PML(N) Government and it has been determined that no one get popularity with hollow slogans while practical work has to be done. He said that leadership is not based upon making tall claims nor masses can be satisfied with the false promises. Hamza Shahbaz said that now we all should mature in the national politics and refrain from leg pooling each other and demonstrate unity and solidarity for the sake of this country. He said that the people of Pakistan are well aware to decide their next mandate in 2018 that which party enjoys their majority.  He said that those who were criticizing Metro Bus in Punjab now trying to copy the same project in the last year of the government in KPK Province.  Hamza Shahbaz said that the welfare of the masses is the real leadership and power and new generation is the future of this atomic power Pakistan which cannot be dictated by the foreign elements. Hamza Shahbaz claimed that only in Punjab Sahiwal Coal Project, Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah and Bahawalpur Solar Projects have been completed which is going to end load shedding. He said that we all should endeavor to build Pakistan according to the dreams of Quaid and Iqbal and this general is full of talent to achieve the goal. He said that only from Danish School 500 students getting lap tops while overall 1,16,000 students would be getting benefit of this 4th phase. Hamza Shahbaz said that 17 billion rupees were being distributed as scholarship through Punjab Endowment Fund for 2,35,000 students which would be increasing up to 3,50,000 students with the addition of Rs. 6 billion. He said that there is not a single penny corruption in the projects of Punjab and who are leveling allegations should come in the Courts with proofs. Hamza Shahbaz also joined the students in singing national songs. Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Members of National and Provincial Assemblies, PML (N) Lahore Secretary Information Imran Ali Goraya, Vice Chancellors, Secretary Higher Education, Teachers and students attended this graceful ceremony in a large number.           


Minister for Literacy and Non Formal Basic Education Dr. Farrukh Javed has said that separate teachers training programs are being developed independently for non-formal education sector. He said that community mobilization and motivation always play positive role in improving educational indicators sp community should come forward to enhance literacy level in the concerned area. He was addressing One-day Consultative workshop for Development of Communication Strategy and Innovative Literacy Intervention at Shalimar Hal of Faletti’s hotel on Monday. Secretary Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Dr. Ismat Tahira, Academicians, Representatives of NGOs, Teachers, Children, Parents, Literacy Mobilizers, District Education Officers Media persons and representatives from Different concerned government departments participated in the workshop. The workshop was designed to get inputs to develop Communication Strategy of L&FBE Department for future use and to raise awareness among masses. It was also the focus to engage stakeholders to participate in Literacy interventions to enhance ownership of community and to achieve the gigantic targets of SDGs 2030. The Minister in his address said that the department always welcomes the feedback from the stakeholders like Parents, academia and students to propose future programs regarding schools, textbooks, teachers’ quality enhancement and governance issues. The participants of the workshop focused on improving the incentives of education especially for girls at all level of education. They suggested that salaries of teachers should be linked with the students’ performance. In non-formal education, better salaries of teachers may be linked with enrolment and retention of children and same for Adult Literacy programs, they added. It was proposed that separate assessment framework should be developed for non-formal education sector.


As a result of the efforts of Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab, an expatriate Pakistani has got back possession of his house worth Rs 20 Million. Commissioner OPC Afzaal Bhatti informed in this regard that Nisar Ahmad, settled in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, filed a complaint that tenant has refused to vacate his four marla house situated at Golf Road, GOR-1 Lahore and has also stopped payment of utility bills like electricity, Gas and water. This complaint was referred to District Overseas Pakistanis Committee (DOPC) Lahore and with the help of members of DOPC and local police, the Overseas Pakistani got back possession of his house. Nisar Ahmad has thanked Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and OPC team for providing help to get his house vacated.



Minister for Industry & Trade Sheikh Alla-u-Din met with the delegation of Sargodha Chamber of commerce and Industry under the supervision of President SCCI Sheikh Naveed. Issues faced by the Sargodha industry discussed in details. The delegation briefed about their problems such as Salt Industry temporarily closed, once there was a time when 250 containers were export per month and now due to the closure of many factories, the business has ended completely. Only a single Gypsum factory Due to the un-availability of gas has to sell India on low prices.  As well, Facilitation Center Sargodha had been closed since 2013 but the payment of salaries to the staff is still continuing. They also informed the provincial minister about the problems related to wooden handy craft and industry and demanded to solve their problems at priority basis. The Minister Industries assured the delegation that the Punjab government will provide the solution of all its legitimate demands and will help them to strengthen the industry through self-financing. The Minister directed to the representative of Punjab Small Industries Corporation that they should visit Sargodha and make a complete list of closed factories and submit a report on Saturday for canceling their plot’s registration. He also directed that the place which is allocated in Usman Industrial States Sargodha for the PSIC’S office, shared with SCCI.                      

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