LAHORE - Primary and Secondary Healthcare Secretary Ali Jan Khan has directed all districts to ensure compliance with Minimum Service Delivery Standards set by the Punjab Healthcare Commission.

He was chairing monthly EDOs (H) Conference in the Directorate General Health Services yesterday.

Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Punjab Healthcare Commission officials, EDOs (H) of all districts , Chief Minister Roadmap team, PITB, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, Unicef, WHO and Program Managers participated in the conference.

PHC Chief Operating Officer presented status of compliance with the Minimum Service Delivery Standards in Punjab emphasizing that EDOs must not compromise on more basic standards vis-à-vis blood transfusion, infection control, operation theatres, complaint management and fire emergency.

The meeting reviewed the status of completion of projects and funds utilization. “The DG Health said: “The data indicates that presence of staff at DHQs and THQs in evening and night shifts need improvement.” He further said that disciplinary action would be initiated against violators.

Director Expanded Program on Immunization Dr Munir Ahmed said that due to increasing number of measles cases in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtuknhwa, the districts bordering these provinces must take special measures, including expediting collection of blood samples of every suspected case and a mop up in the area in case of confirmation.

He also said that polio campaign would be held from May 23 to 25 across the province and all districts must complete their micro planning. He said that due to Chief Minister focus on immunization, all vacant positions of vaccinators have to be filled as early as possible.

The Chief Minister Roadmap shared data analysis on safe deliveries, medicine supplies and stocks, MO Presence, bio metric attendance by staff, E-vaccs coverage.