The Punjab government is committed to ensure provision of best medical facilities to the people in rural and urban areas of the province and it is quite appreciable to note that it is taking more and steps in a determined manner regularly. 

To furtherthis commitment, the provincial government has initialed an agreement with an international pharmaceutical organization under which free medicines will be provided to the patients of heart,diabetes, breast cancer and respiratory diseases. The agreement has been signed by provincial Medical Education and Special Healthcare Secretary and the President of the pharmaceutical concern in the presence of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif. As many as 3.5 million patients will benefit from this agreement and the pharma company will be providing free medicines worth Rs 6 billion. 

According to the reports in the newspapers, the chief minister while talking to the media on the occasion said that the scope of the programme will be expanded in due course of time, this agreement reflects the vision of the provincial government under which best medical facilities are being provided to the people and taking considerable measures for improving healthcare facilities in the public sector hospitals. 

The chief minister reiterated that the provincial government has always been extending cooperation to other provinces and it will continue its cooperation with other provinces in various fields emphatically adding Pakistan belongs to all of us and Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pukhtoonkhah and Balochistan are its four units. 

This is quite commendable step which the provincial government has taken regarding provision of free medicines to the patients and it is sincerely hoped that it will be ensured that deserving patients alone benefit from this medical facilities through proper and fair implementation of the program. 

MEEM ZAY RIFAT,  

Lahore, November 12.