LAHORE - Women in our country are making progress despite the hardships, which is an encouraging sign as the Quaid had said that no society could progress without the active participation of women. This was stated by Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal while addressing a special sitting on 'women and the challenges of present day in the light of Quaid's thought'at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan here on Saturday. The sitting was organised by Nazria Pakistan Trust in collaboration with Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust. Chairman NPT Majid Nizami and renowned intellectual from Karachi Nusrat Mirza also attended the sitting. Nasira Javed said the present day Pakistan is not the country we had struggled for. She said we did not come out of our self-style environment. We have to change ourselves for the change in the society. The nation spends Rs one lakh daily on an MNA and MPA but they did not render any service to the nation. She said quality education is the only way to come out of oppression. NPT convenor Begum Mehnaz Rafi said women could not secure equal rights in Pakistan, although they have made their entry in fields like the armed forces. Prof Dr Arifa Syeda of Status of Women Commission said the community could progress through the values of equality, justice and self-respect. Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad said there are many challenges to women. She said our institutions were in crisis and only patriotic people can save these institutions. Prof Dr Parveen Khan said the Quaid wanted women to participate in every walk of life. MPA Amna Ulfat, Kanwal Naseem, Prof Shahnaz Mazhar, Rukhsana Arshad, Fatima Masood and Azra Shahid also addressed. ONE-day Conference to review health facilities To review the basic health facilities in the health centres of all the districts and to implement the Health Sector Reforms Programme (HSRP), under Punjab Millennium Development Goals, one-day conference was held in Management and Professional Development Department (MPDD) here on Saturday. The Special Secretary Health, Jawad Rafiq, DG Health Dr Muhammad Aslam Ch, Programme Director HSRP Dr Ejaz Muneer, officers of Health Department and all the EDOs Health attended the conference. According to a handout, Director General Health, while addressing the conference said that government has evolved a strict monitoring policy of the health centres, all the hospitals in all the districts. He said EDOs health should immediately inform the missing facilities in the health centres to the officers of HSRP so that effective steps could be taken to remove the deficiencies. He said during the monitoring of the health centres, no excuse would be acceptable. During the conference, all the EDOs informed about the health facilities, which were being provided in their respective districts' hospitals and health centres. They also apprised of the difficulties and financial constraints. The conference reviewed all the missing health facilities in different hospitals and health centres at district level and recommendations have also been finalised to set a Minimum Services Supply Standard for the next year.