Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayyat visited Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab Head Office here today. During the visit, Director General (DG) PDMA Mudassar Waheed Malik briefed the NDMA Chairman regarding pre-monsoon and pre-flood arrangements made by the PDMA. DG PDMA informed that PDMA has started pre-flood arrangements and all District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) have been taken on board. Mock exercises have also been conducted in different districts. He said that six meetings have been conducted on Cabinet Committee on Floods under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Disaster Management Maher Ijaz Achlana, and all the Provincial and Federal Departments have been requested for pre-flood arrangements. He said that PDMA Punjab has also started integration with other departments like Irrigation, Rescue 1122 and Met Office etc. in order to keep all stakeholders on board. He said PDMA Punjab has also introduced Inventory Management System which will help in real time monitoring. He said PDMA Punjab has also installed Satellite Based Tracking System and have also taken Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives.
While appreciating the pre-flood arrangements of PDMA Punjab, Chairman NDMA assured all-out efforts and support to PDMA Punjab in case of any emergency. Chairman NDMA appreciated PDMA Punjab’s IT based initiatives and said the other provinces should follow the suit. DG PDMA Mudassar Waheed also presented a souvenir to Chairman NDMA.
Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah paid a surprise visit to Jinnah Hospital Lahore on Friday. Secretary Health reviewed arrangements for medical care and cleanliness in emergency ward, peads emergency, pathological lab, almoner office, sitting arrangements for the patients in OPD. Najam Ahmed Shah also inspected cleanliness and hygienic conditions in the washrooms. He appreciated the Medical Superintendent Dr. Sohail Saqlain and his whole team for best arrangements for patient care and cleanliness in the hospital. Najam Ahmed Shah said “amazing difference, great job done, it’s a long journey but good start in right direction by Jinnah Hospital team and with support of field coordinators”. Secretary SH & ME also inquired about the health facilities and provision of free medicines from the patients. The patients expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements. Secretary Health said that Jinnah Hospital taking lead on other hospitals to improve operational management system. While talking to the media, he said that two billion rupees would be spent on revamping plan of the hospital, out of which one billion rupees would be spent up to December 2017 for removing infrastructural deficiencies and seepage problems.
During the visit of pathological lab, the Secretary found Senior Woman Medical Officer Dr. Yasmin Cheema and WMO Dr. Saira Nawaz absent from duty. Najam Ahmed Shah took serious note of the situation and issued orders for suspension of both the officers. Secretary Health directed the Additional Secretary (Admin) Raja Mansoor to suspend the SWMO and WMO and charge sheet them.
Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that as much as eighty thousand educators would be recruited this year. Similarly, the number of primary teaching posts has been increased from two to four in every government school. Meanwhile, the female candidates would also be eligible for recruitment in boys’ schools on the basis of merit. However, in case of concerned village, 12 additional marks and 8 marks in case of concerned union council, would be given for hiring teachers at the local level. The Chief Executive Education Officers have been directed to prepare merit lists without any further delay so that the process of recruitment and training of educators could be started as soon as possible. He said this while addressing the meeting which held at Committee Room of Schools Education Department, here today. The Minister said that government is committed to expedite the education promotion at the grassroots so that 100 percent enrollment target could be achieved by 2018. It is hoped that the recruitment of eighty thousand educators would further expedite the process of education promotion, he added.
Meanwhile, while addressing another meeting at the Committee Room of Schools Education Department, here today, the Minister Rana Mashhood said that Punjab is a land of changing vistas and it has a rich history of art, culture and traditions. The meeting was told that 2nd Lahore International Conference on Culture would be held in the provincial metropolis from July 27 to 29. The purpose of the conference is to highlight the rich culture of the Punjab at the international level. The meeting reviewed the progress on holding of the conference. The Minister directed that foolproof security arrangements should be made. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Schools Education Department, Tourism Department, PHA, Information & Culture Department as well as office-bearers of an NGO.
The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved four development schemes of various sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 4171.669 million.
These schemes were approved in the 70th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2016-17 presided over the Punjab Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan.
All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.
The approved development schemes included: Construction of Sheikh Zayed Medical Complex (Phase-II/A), R.Y. Khan (Revised) at the cost of Rs. 1520.881 million, Provision of Additional Class Rooms in Schools in Tehsils i.e. Bahawalpur, Ahmedpur East, Khairpur Tamewali, Hasilpur, Bahawalnagar & Chishtian (Phase-I) (Amended) at the cost of Rs. 2630.788 million, Construction of Multipurpose Parking Plaza with International Level Hostel for Players, Five Star Hotel and Museum in Nishtar Park Sports Complex, Lahore (PPP Mode_ (PC-II) at the cost of Rs. 10.000 million and Establishment of Sports Complex at Multan (PPP Mode) (PC-II) at the cost of Rs. 10.000 million.
Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir has said that all the beauty parlors functioning in Punjab would be registered and given status of industry and women working in these beauty parlors would also be imparted training so that blood born diseases like hepatitis B,C, HIV AIDS and Thallasemia could be controlled. He said that infected instruments/needles used for Piercing of nose and ears is also a big source for spreading such diseases.
He said this while addressing inaugural ceremony of women festival 2017 “Health & Beauty” organized by the Professional Wing of PML-N at a local hotel here today. Begum Shaista Parvaiz Malik MNA, President Professional Wing PML-N Ms. Saadia Taimoor, a large number of women associated with beauty parlors, personalities from show biz and artists were also present in the ceremony. Director Punjab Hepatitis Control Programme Dr. Zahida Sarwar and the officers of Health Department also attended the function. Different stalls were set up by cosmetics companies. PHCP also arranged a stall for hepatitis screening and vaccination for hepatits B. Kh. Imran Nazir informed that more than four thousand persons would be screened and vaccinated on this stall. He said that women attached with beauty parlors are also like industrial workers who are supporting their families and contributing in the economy. The Minister Health said that this profession would be regularized and developed as an industry. Kh. Imran Nazir disclosed that presently approximately 25 million people are affected by hepatitis B and C in Pakistan which is very alarming. He said government would fully support to promote beauty parlors and fashion industry and provide guidance for prevention of diseases. He said that it is the beauty of democracy that people can criticize open heartedly on the government but these critics could not dare to speak a single word in the regime of dictatorship. On this occasion, Begum Shaista Pervaiz Malik MNA and President PML N Professional Wing Ms Saadia Taimoor also addressed.