LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that setting up of Punjab Healthcare Commission is a historic step towards provision of modern health facilities to the masses and stressed the need for coordinated efforts between the Commission and the departments to achieve the targets.

Addressing a meeting of the Commission on Friday, the chief minister said that an effective strategy had been adopted for setting up of new hospitals besides promotion of medical education in the province.

He directed that no effort should be spared for achieving at least minimum service delivery standard with regard to government and private hospitals.

 He directed that on the pattern of health and education sectors, a roadmap should also be evolved with regard to Healthcare Commission and geo-tagging of all public and private hospitals and clinics be started for collecting authentic data.

“It is necessary to bind government and private hospitals to achieve at least minimum standard of service delivery and an effective monitoring should be evolved for this purpose,” the CM held.

He said that Punjab Healthcare Commission should set its targets and evolve an effective strategy for their achievement.

He said that a comprehensive plan should also be evolved for elimination of quackery.

The chief minister directed the health secretary and Punjab Healthcare Commission to submit final recommendations within 14 days regarding the targets of Healthcare Commission and other issues.

Dr Ajmal Khan of Healthcare Commission gave a briefing on this occasion. Chairperson Punjab Healthcare Commission, Justice (r) Aamir Raza Khan informed the meeting about efficiency of the Commission.