OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad said on Saturday that the government was upgrading small hospitals in the remote areas to provide modern healthcare facilities for the people at local level. Chairing a meeting to review the ongoing development schemes, he directed the officers concerned to accelerate work and ensure timely completion of the projects. Special Health Secretary Wasim Mukhtar, Additional Health Secretary Moazzam Usman, Additional Secretary Technical Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Sulehria and officers from planning and development wing of the Health Department attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that the Rural Health Centre Kalar Saidan had been upgraded to a Tehsil Headquarters Hospital comprising 60 beds. The project costing Rs 100 million would be functional during the current year. By establishing the THQ Hospital, the services of specialists in surgery, medicine, gynae, paediatric, orthopaedic, radiology, pathology and ophthalmology would be available. Moreover, the construction of 50-bed Hospital Talagang is also in the final phase. The meeting was informed that a 40-bed THQ Hospital Talagang is already providing health facilities and by setting up 50-bedded new hospital, the healthcare facilities would be enhanced 100 per cent. The hospital is being completed at a cost of Rs 102.50 million. Similarly, a 20-bed hospital at a cost of Rs 50.656 million at Khewrra Town is also underway which would cater a 40,000 population of the area. Earlier, a dispensary was working there which was not sufficient to provide healthcare facilities for the town and people have to travel to THQ/DHQ hospitals of other areas. The meeting was told that the 20 beds would also become functional during the current year.