Provision of quality health care to people top priority: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has presided over a three-hour-long meeting here on Sunday which overviewed programs related to provision of modern and quality medical facilities to the people of the province.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that it is the right of common man to have quality medical facilities at hospitals and that is why the Punjab government is investing billions of rupees to improve the health care system of the province so that quality medical facilities must be given to the common people which are usually given to the elite class people.
The Chief Minister said that Pakistan’s first Hepatitis Filter Clinic has started providing medical facilities to the patients and in the similar manner Hepatitis Filter Clinics will also be set up in other cities of the province where in addition to hepatitis diagnosis and medical facilities, vaccination facility will also be provided.
The Chief Minister directed to give final shape to the plan for setting up of Hepatitis Filter Clinics in other cities so that this important program may be initiated as soon as possible.
During the meeting, approval has also been given for purchase of ultrasound machines for basic health centres of the province. The Chief Minister said that ultrasound machines will be provided to basic health centres of the province and lady health visitors will be given training for operating these ultrasound machines.
The Chief Minister said that with the provision of ultrasound machines, medical facilities will be improved at the basic health centres. The Chief Minister said that 24 hour ultrasound facility must be provided at the basic health centres and for this he would also look into the appointment of new lady health visitors.
The Chief Minister also directed to prepare framework for increase in grants-in-aid for private hospitals and to establish a committee in this regard which may prepare and present final recommendations for provision of grants-in-aid to private hospitals and quality medical services to the patients.
The Chief Minister said that for provision of quality medical facilities to common man private hospitals have to play their part and collaborate with government. For serving the dismal humanity, we have to quit the traditional outdated system, he added.
The Chief Minister said that he would take every necessary step for improving the health care system of the province which consequently would benefit the dismal humanity. The Chief Minister said that under the Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Program quality medical facilities are being provided to underprivileged people and the Punjab government has decided to extend the scope of Health Insurance Program to the whole province.
The Chief Minister said that billion of rupees will be spent on extending the scope of Health Insurance Program but these are not expenditures and in fact investment for the provision of modern medical facilities to the common man. The Chief Minister directed to further extend TB Prevention & Control Program and to take all necessary steps for prevention of TB.