LAHORE Punjab government is focusing on the backward and remote areas of the province for the provision of better health facilities and district and tehsil headquarters hospitals are being upgraded in this regard, said Special Health Secretary Wasim Mukhtar. Chairing a meeting held here on Wednesday to review the performance of healthcare centres in Muzaffargarh district, he directed repair of medical equipment by August 31 and auction of scraped machinery and non-repairable vehicles. He assured that immediate steps would be taken to fill the vacant posts of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff at the hospitals of Muzaffargarh. During the meeting safety measures were also came under discussion to avoid any untoward situation in monsoon season. Measures for controlling malaria, TB, routine immunisation of pregnant women and newly born children and polio coverage were also discussed in detail. The meeting reviewed the progress of up-gradation of DHQ hospital Muzaffargarh, THQ hospital Jatoi, provision of health facilities including dialysis and repair & maintenance of medical equipments. EDO (Health) informed that 1,734 kidney patients have been provided the dialysis facility during the current year. Whereas, in 2010, 2,501 patients were benefited from this facility.