Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that province of Punjab is on the road to success under the tremendous leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Initiatives taken by the Punjab government has been applauded by all over the world. He said that Government of Punjab taking historical steps to provide basic facilities to common people. He expressed these views while meeting with different Minorities leaders in his office, today. The Minister said that inauguration of free motorbikes ambulance service in Lahore will prove another milestone to serve ailing humanity. He said before this Government of the Punjab took initiative of Ambulance service for women in villages and now free motorbikes ambulance service are good example of Humanity.
Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof. Ghias un Nabi Tayyab has urged that for diabetes free Pakistan we all should work on war footing basis against this disease on the pattern of dengue and every citizen have to play its role. He expressed these views while addressing training workshop on diabetes in Surgical Department of Lahore General Hospital where Prof. Farooq Afzal, Prof. Afsar Ali Bhatti, Prof. Sikandar Hayat Gondal, Prof. Imran Hassan Khan, Dr. Maliha Hameed, Dr. Fatima Hamdani and Dr. Salman Shakeel also addressed and trained doctors, medical students of Ameer Uddin Medical College, nurses and Para medical staff on diabetes. Prof. Ghias un Nabi Tayyab said that unfortunately public awareness is not up to the mark and people are caught of diabetes easily. He said that this disease is called mother of problems as the victim has to face a number of other of complications as well. Principal PGMI said that diabetes patient is in danger from head to toe and they should specially care about their feet and save them from any worm or injury. He also called upon the young doctors to focus the latest research on diabetes and make part it of their medical treatment. Prof. G. N. Tayyab said that Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken a number of initiatives in the field of health and special steps have been taken to provide relief to the masses while separate clinics have been established in public hospital for diabetic patients.
Other medical experts in their training lectures asked the doctors and medical staff to fully observe the laid down procedure for the diabetic patients. They said that apart from medical treatment counseling of patients is also of great importance. Diet, exercise and other precautionary measures can play an important role in the recovery of diabetes, they added.
Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that government would support and encourage the manufacturers of good quality medicines who observe Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in their units. However, no margin would be given to the elements involved in manufacturing of unregistered, spurious or substandard medicines. He stated this while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, who called on him here today. The delegation included Kh. Shahzeb Akram, Muhammad Aziz Nagra, Tahir Alam and others. Additional Secretary Drug Wing Muhammad Suhail, Chief Drug Controller Dr. Munawar Hayat and other concerned officers of the department were also present in the meeting. Kh. Imran Nazir said that pharmaceutical industry has a big role in the economy of the country and this industry is earning millions of dollars foreign exchange by exporting the medicines and thousands families are attached with this industry. Kh. Imran Nazir said that he believes that no registered pharmaceutical unit is involved in manufacturing substandard or spurious drugs but issues of good manufacturing practices are very common and this problem should be look into and resolved to ensure quality of the products. Kh. Imran Nazir urged upon the PPMA to play effective role in digging out the such illegal manufacturing units which are involved in preparing substandard, unregistered and spurious drugs. On this occasion, head of PPMA delegation Kh. Shahzeb Akram and other members apprised the Minister of the problems faced by the industry. They announced that they are standing with the government in the campaign to eradicate the illegal business of spurious and substandard medicines from the province and extend full support to the government in this regard. Kh. Imran Nazir revealed that uniform and strong policy should be evolved at country level against this heinous crime. He said that without launching vigorous campaign in all the provinces against spurious and substandard medicines, this illegal trade would not be eradicated completely. Kh. Imran Nazir assured the delegation to look into the demands and genuine problems of the industry would be resolved.
Commissioner Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab, Afzaal Bhatti has said that on the special instructions of Chief Minister Punjab, complaints of expatriate Pakistanis pertaining to Cooperative Housing Societies are being pursued on priority basis. He was addressing the participants of a review meeting of the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis with secretary Cooperatives Department, Muhammad Shehryar Sultan and registrar, Zulfiqar Ghumman. Director General OPC, Syed Javed Iqbal Bokhari, Director Revenue, Ishrat ullah Niazi and other relevant officers attended the meeting. Afzaal Bhatti said that OPC, with the support of Cooperatives department is pursuing a comprehensive policy to settle the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis regarding Cooperative housing societies of the province and a number of complaints have been resolved with the vibrant input of staff of Cooperatives Department. On this occasion, Secretary Cooperatives apprised the participants about the actions being taken by Cooperatives Department on the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis. During meeting certain complaints were thoroughly discussed and Commissioner OPC and Secretary Cooperatives issued necessary directions in this regard.
Hiring of surgeons, physicians and paramedics from the US and other countries for Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplantation and Research Institute (PKLI) is under way. “These highly trained people are being offered market-based and incentivised pay packages,” PKLI President Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar informed a meeting held here on Thursday to review progress on the institute project. He said Pakistani doctors working in the UK, the USA and other developed countries would start coming to the institute by the end of October. The meeting was informed that the first phase (package-I) of the project would be completed by the end of November. Ducting for Heating, Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) system was being done while gray structure has been completed. Construction of boundary wall was in final stages. The mosque, bazaar and patients tower were also being constructed while the procedure for the procurement of ventilators, dialysis machines, CSSD, laundry, MRI, laboratory, machinery for robot surgery and other state-of-the-art biomedical equipment was under way. Prof Akhtar said PKLI would be a poor-friendly institution. Treatment and transplantation facilities would also be offered to the rich and resourceful people to generate financial resources for the institute. The resources thus generated would be spent on the treatment of the poor patients.