LAHORE - A delegation from Turkish Health Ministry visited King Edward Medical University yesterday.

The delegation was briefed about the medical education system in Punjab, admission policy and rules and regulations of Punjab Human Organs Transplantation Authority.

KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Faisal Masood, UHS VC Maj Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam, FJMU VC Prof Fakhar Imam, Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Dr Sajid Chohan and other senior officers were also present.

It was agreed that the Turkish ministry would extend technical cooperation and consultation to Punjab for development of nursing sector, capacity-building and training of human resource and improvement in the system of human organ transplantation.

Later, the delegation met Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmad Shah at Civil Secretariat. Punjab Health Foundation MD Dr Sohail Saqlain and Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Scheme CEO, Punjab Implementation & Management Company chairperson Dr Saira Saddiq briefed the delegation about their respective programmes.

Dr Sohail Saqlain informed PHF was providing soft loans to doctors in private sector for setting up clinics/diagnostic centers. He said that smart loans scheme of up to Rs0.7 million has recently been introduced for doctors and allied health professionals. “These are all interest-free loans,” he added.

The proposals for collaboration with PHF through chain of Turkey Private Hospitals also came under discussion.

Dr Saira Saddiq said that health insurance scheme has been launched in four districts in the first phase. She informed that two different packages have been introduced to ensure access of poor people to the health facilities.

The first package for common diseases and procedures is Insurance Card of Rs50,000 per family. The second package is Rs0.25 million per family for chronic and complicated diseases like cardiac diseases, hepatitis, cancer, renal failure etc.

Dr Saira further informed that Prime Minister will inaugurate health insurance scheme in district Rahim Yar Khan at the end of the current month. She said that after success of pilot project, it would be extended to all the districts of the province in phases.

The head of Turkish delegation, Dr Selami Kilick, assured all-out cooperation and guidance for making these programmes successful.