LAHORE   -   Minister Health Dr Yasmin Rashid visited Services Hospital on Wednesday. She took a round of Emergency, Operations Theatres, Blood Bank and different wards of the hospital and inspected the healthcare facilities being provided to the patients. Medical Superintendent Dr Saleem Cheema briefed the minister about the treatment facilities being provided to the patients.

Speaking on occasion, the minister said the Patient Safety Programme would be enforced at all costs

Dr Yasmin said that efforts were being made for providing quality healthcare facilities to patients at public sector hospitals. She said several ongoing development projects at government hospitals were in the phase of completion. She said mother and child health is a priority of the PTI government.

The World Health Organization will join hands with the Punjab Healthcare Commission in implementing the latter’s minimum service delivering standards (MSDS) aimed at ensuring patient safety and improving quality of the healthcare service delivery.

It was decided at a meeting held here on Wednesday, where the visiting WHO delegation was given a detailed briefing about the MSDS and their implementation in all kinds of the healthcare establishments (HCEs) across the province. The PHC team comprised Director Licensing and Accreditation Dr Muhammad Anwar Janjua, Director Complaints Prof Riaz A Tasneem, Additional Directors (Clinical Governance) Dr Majid Latif and Quality Assurance Dr Qamar Salman and others. Nine-member WHO delegation included Dr Mathew Nielson, Dr Donna Forsyth, Dr Zulfiqar Khan, Dr Zakiuddin Ahmed, Dr Samia Al-Barwani and Dr Bassem Zayed.

Both institutions also agreed to work jointly for improving other areas of the health sector as well. The WHO delegation was briefed about the regulatory framework of the PHC being implemented, mandate of its working, and its successes in this regard. The delegation was told that the PHC had registered around 57,000 and licensed over 41,000 private and public sector HCEs, where the MSDS were being implemented; hence encompassing issues related to the patient safety and improved healthcare service delivery. About the anti-quackery efforts of the PHC, the delegation was informed that the Commission had sealed over 21,000 businesses of quacks in a continued campaign to eliminate the menace. They were also briefed about the working of the Complaint Directorate of the PHC.