LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that all-out efforts are being made for the provision of modern treatment facilities to the common man besides provision of free medicines and dialysis facility, air-conditioners and generators to the hospitals. This was stated by him during his visit to Shalimar Trust Hospital, here on Sunday. Members of Punjab Assembly, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, Allah Rakha, Chairman Shalimar Trust Hospital Ch Ahmed Saeed, Chief Executive Dr Rashid Ahmed, Chairman Board of Governors, Brig (r) Anees Ahmed, Secretary Health and senior officers concerned were also present on the occasion. Chief Executive Shalimar Hospital Dr Rashid Ahmed conducted the Chief Minister to a visit of various sections of the hospital and also briefed him about treatment facilities being offered to the patients. He said the project of setting up mobile dispensaries was also being initiated for the provision of modern healthcare to the people of far-flung and remote areas. He said Shalimar Trust Hospital was playing a commendable role in the service of the ailing humanity and treatment of patients whereas the standard of Shalimar Medical & Dental College and nursing college was also praiseworthy. The CM said Shalimar Trust Hospital was serving the people efficiently and while fees were charged from rich patients, poor and destitute persons were provided treatment on concessionary rate or free of cost. He said implementation of the future projects in the hospital would result in further improvement in the medical facilities for the people of the area. He said Punjab government had always extended maximum cooperation for public-welfare projects and this process would continue in future as well. He asked Secretary Health to contact hospital management to find out how could Punjab government contribute in this welfare programme and submit his recommendation at the earliest. He said provision of scholarships from Punjab Educational Endowment Fund to the brilliant but deserving students studying at Shalimar Medical College and nursing college should also be considered. Shahbaz Sharif was informed that Shalimar Hospital had a bad capacity of 350 and more than 1,000 patients were examined daily in the out-door ward. He was further informed that one hundred beds were allocated for deserving and destitute patients in the hospital and they were provided free medical facilities. It was also told the bed capacity of the hospital would increase to 500 during current year. The chief minister also inspected Shalimar Medical College and was given a detailed briefing by Brig (r) Anees Ahmed. He was informed that the first MBBS session at Shalimar Medical College had started from Feb 1, 2010 while dental classes would also be initiated this year.