RAWALPINDI - Secretary Health Punjab Hassan Iqbal Malik on Thursday said that Punjab government would install CT scan and MRI machines in the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) to benefit thousands of patients from Rawalpindi and other districts and cities of the province.

"The government would also end the shortage of life saving drugs in the emergency departments of the Allied Hospitals (AHs) and recruit more medical officers through Punjab Public Service Commission in hospitals," he added.

Hassan expressed these views while responding to media queries during his visit to HFH here on Thursday. He was flanked by Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal and AHs Chief Professor Dr Muhammad Umer, Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Medical Superintendent (MS) HFH Dr Arshad Sabir, AMS Admin Dr Tariq Khan Niazi, AMS Dr Tahir Sharif, Dr Zahid Minhas, MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed, MPA Malik Iftikhar Ahmed and other health officials.

The secretary health said that it was his emergency visit to the city's largest hospital where thousands of patients are getting free of cost medical facilities round-the-clock. He said that Punjab government was making all-out efforts to make all the hospitals well-equipped. He said that HFH OPD would be made computerised so that patients could get best health facilities.

He said that all sectors of government have been working jointly to control dengue virus. He said that so far a total of 72 dengue cases have been reported in Punjab. He said that dengue raised its ugly head this season again because of heavy rains, humidity and high temperature.

Replying a query, Hassan said that he had held five meetings with Young Doctors Association (YDA) regarding their service scale and all their demands have been addressed by the government.

Commenting on a protest demo held by Ladies Health Workers outside District Health Office against injustice of government, Secretary Health said that all the reservations of LHWs would be removed and they would be paid salaries and allowances. He said that the construction work of Rawalpindi Urology Centre would be completed soon.