HAFIZABAD-A programme has been launched for the provision of free medicines and ensure hygienic and clean environment on hospital premises with the cooperation of philanthropists and District Health Council, a state minister said.

During her visit to the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad, Minister of State for National Health, Services and Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar said that Punjab Minister’s Health Road Map is a good gesture and all-out efforts would be made for the provision of free medicines and other related facilities for the patients in all the hospitals without any discrimination. She stressed a need for strict monitoring so as to get desired results. She said that any dereliction and discrimination would not be tolerated in this respect.

She further said that doctors are being recruited through walk-in-interview policy for further betterment in the treatment of the patients. Moreover, ornamental flowers etc. are being planted in the open spaces in the hospitals to create better environments. She also checked the stock of medicines in the hospital. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Azam Athar Gill told the Minister that number of patients in the out-door ward has been increased to 1,500 daily due to provision of free medicines to the patients. The patients in the emergency and gynecology wards were also being provided free medicines, she said.

STRIKE: On the call of Al Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA), the clerks of the district observed complete strike and staged sit-in in front of the DCO Office to protest for the acceptance of their demands.

Led by District President Ch Nasrullah Hanjra and Secretary General Rana Amjid, the protesters demanded upgradation of scales of all cadres. They warned that if their demands were not accepted they would stage sit-in demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly on December 15.