In order to meet with the vaccination target 81 billion by the end of December, The Government of Punjab is planning to launch the largest door to door vaccination campaign “RED” (Reach Every Door) from October 25 in all 36 Districts of Punjab. To make the RED vaccination campaign a success, Health Department Will be establishing 14,000 new vaccination centers all across Punjab along with More than 12,000 mobile teams those will visit every neighborhood and village to socially mobilize public. All CEOs, DDHO, and other District administration staff will be working for the success of RED campaign. The coronavirus has adversely affected all areas of life, so far more than 12,800 lives are lost to COVID-19 in Punjab. So, the only way we can get back to normal life and control this pandemic is to get vaccinated when it’s our turn. All 36 Districts of Punjab have different reported ratios of vaccinated public, The districts with low vaccination will have a rare opportunity to improve their performance during the RED campaign. During Covid-19 lockdowns has badly affected our education and economic sectors but these can be avoided. Hopefully, by vaccinating the majority of public, we will be able to build enough Herd Immunity that help us will move faster towards normal life.
Ameer Uddin Medical College (AMC/PGMI) Lahore's team defeated Karachi and won on national level in the All-Pakistan Parliamentary Debate titled “Pakistan Debating Super League” organized by Dialogue Climate Change, an active organization. Students of AMC, Saad Javed, Haris Tahir and Huzifa Waseem won the final competition and embraced success for their college. Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute Prof. Dr. Sardar Muhammad Al-freed Zafar has congratulated his team and called it another honour for the Institution. He termed it as a proud step for AMC and said that the Debating Society of this College has maintained the tradition of victory and success which is no less than a credit for the every student for this college. Talking in this regard, Principal Prof. Al-freed Zafar said that it is very encouraging that the medical students of this Institute are participating in extracurricular activities in addition to complex and difficult scientific education which not only brighten the name of the Institution but also the personality of the students is groomed. He maintained that since the establishment of this college, medical students have been leading in sports and other extra-curricular activities but the record of achievements of the Debating Society is unique. He hoped that the students of AMC would continue to be successful in the future as well and would be a source of pride for the Institution. It is noteworthy that the debating team had earlier defeated the teams of GC University Lahore and Punjab University in the previous competitions and the University of Lahore and King Edward Medical University were left behind and AMC team reached the semi-finals from all over Punjab as well as debating teams reached to the finals by defeating the teams of Balochistan and Sindh. In the final, Students of Ameer Uddin Medical College Debating Society competed with the Lyari Medical College team from Sindh and finally won the last competition as well.
Dean Institute of Public Health , Prof. Dr. Zarfishan Tahir has said that with a view to strengthen the educational systems in the institute, improvement in training and research programs , to get benefit from the latest developments in health sector at international level , IPH would welcome cooperation and support of private/corporate sector. She stated this while briefing after a meeting held between the former Governor Punjab and the Chairman Board of Management IPH Lt. Gen.( R) Khalid Maqbool and the Chief Executive of a private sector organization, D-Sign, Islamabad, Zubair Ahmad Shad here at IPH. Director Finance D-Sign Khalid Riwan and the faculty members of the institute were also present in the meeting. Dr. Zarfishan further informed that D-Sign would also ensure arranging orientation seminars, symposiums, questions & answers sessions for Post graduate students doctors and allied health professionals students of diploma classes in IPH. Senior consultants/ experts would also extend technical support for preparation of training and research modules. D-sign also bring Research Projects for IPH from private sectors. On this occasion, Lt. Gen. (R) Khalid Maqbool said that IPH is already in close contacts with international as well as national educational institutions and organizations like WHO, LUMS and UVAS for the improvement of Public Health and prevention of disease and research work. He said that cooperation and support from private / corporate sector organization D- sign to the IPH in the field of medical education and research would be highly appreciated. Chief executive D-sign Zubair Ahmad Shad informed that his organization is working with different public sector medical institutions in Islamabad as well as in other provinces for health sector's development and it would be an honor for D-Sign Private, Islamabad to initiate joints programs with IPH. At the end of the meeting the chairman BoM, IPH, Khalid Maqbool and chief executive D-sign Zubair Ahmad signed a letter of understanding to carry out a way forward to materialize the commitments of collaboration/cooperation by both the organizations.
The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved five development schemes of various sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 3,022.361 million. These schemes were approved in the 28th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2021-22 presided over by Chairman Planning & Development Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal. The approved development schemes included Comprehensive Sewerage, Drainage and Water Supply System in Gujrat City at the cost of Rs. 1,000.000 million, Advocacy Campaign Leading to Call of Action-Social and Behaviour Change at the cost of Rs. 681.575 million, Strengthening of Integrated Supply Chain Management Information for Accurate Commodity Forecast, Supply Planning & Visibility at the cost of Rs. 857.772 million, Feasibility Study of Establishment of University of Technology, Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs. 21.000 million and Construction of Women Development Complex at the cost of Rs. 462.014 million. All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries of concerned departments, and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid reviewed measures to make functional the Mobile Health Units in a meeting at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education department here on Wednesday. Present in the meeting were Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imrran Sikander Baloch, Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Ahmed Javed Qazi, Additional Secretary Saira Omar, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Dr. Naeem Majeed and other officials. Additional Secretary Saira Omar gave briefing to the Health Minister on making functional the Mobile Health Units. The Health Minister said, “The responsibility of Mobile Health Units is being entrusted to Punjab Health Facilities Management Company. These mobile units have played significant role in mass vaccination of people. Basic health services shall be provided to people at their doorsteps through these Units. The first aid services, medicines and vaccine shall be provided to citizens. We can extend health services to far flung areas through Mobile Health Units. Secretary P&SHD shall personally monitor the performance of the Mobile Health Units. We want to make the Units extremely useful for people. We will review and monitor the quality and utility of services provided through the Mobile Health Units.”