There is a need to improve further the delivery of healthcare to the public at DHQ Hospital and all-out resources should be utilised for the purpose.

Punjab Population Welfare Secretary Ismat Tahira stated during a visit to the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad here the other day.

She pointed out that the government has accorded top priority to the provision of modern healthcare facilities and promotion of education, adding that it is bounden duty of the doctors to improve medical facilities in the hospital.

Ismat Tahira also visited different schools and colleges in Hafizabad to observe firsthand security arrangements to avert any misadventure by terrorists. The provincial secretary informed that the government is determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country and protect the students from any act of terrorism. Assistant Director Colleges Atif Ullah Tarar briefed the secretary that CCTV cameras have been installed, security guards have been appointed and barbed wires have been erected around the educational institutions to prevent any untoward incident. Moreover, mock exercises are being conducted in schools/colleges to create sense of security among the students and prepare them to meet any eventuality.

PAYMENT OF MPHIL ALLOWANCE: The IT Teachers Association has expressed grave concern over the non-payment of MPhil allowance of Rs5,000 per month to the IT teachers.

During a meeting of the association chaired by its President Muhammad Aqeel Azad, it was pointed out that degree of MSc (Hons)/MS Computer Science has been declared equivalent to MPhil by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. However, the District Education Officer (Secondary) has been using delaying tactics and is not paying the allowance of Rs5,000 to the teachers. The meeting called on the higher authorities of education department to order the DEO (Secondary) to arrange for immediate payment of the allowance to them.