LAHORE - Punjab government has decided to restore the Directorate Health Services (DHS) to further improve the health delivery system in the province. The DHS was closed down with the advent of a New Local Government System across the country some eight years back. This initiative is part of the health policies of the Punjab government launched to bring positive change within the health department and the public hospitals. Initially, three top posts of Divisional Director Health Services, Divisional Drug Inspector and Communicable Diseases Control Officer would be restored in coming days. The health officers will be posted at divisional level. A summery seeking restoration of DHS has been moved to the Chief Minister's Secretariat by the Punjab Health Department. The old system in the health department is being restored to help Punjab Health Department to combat the challenges like poor health delivery system in the public hospitals more effectively. This system would also strengthen the Director General Health Services (DGHS), Punjab office whose performance has not been up to the mark due to lack of coordination between the Punjab Health Department and the district governments. The decision was taken in a high level meeting of Punjab Chief Minister held here the other day. The CM was informed in the meeting that the performance of the DGHS was not up to the mark due to differences between the district governments and the Punjab Health department over various health issues. The most important issue was tug of war over grabbing powers between the above-mentioned two departments leaving most health issues unattended. An example quoted in the CM meeting was about the alarming spread of dengue fever and failure of both the Punjab Health Department as well as the City District Governments in controlling the said disease in the last season as dozens of causalities were reported while thousands of patients were diagnosed as dengue fever patients. These numbers were many times higher than those reported after promulgation of local government system and due to abolishing of Directorate Health Services in the past. The CM was further informed that instead of combating the outbreak of the fatal disease, officials of the both departments started blaming each other, leaving the patients in lurch. After hot debate on the issue, the Punjab chief minister directed the authorities concerned to speed up the efforts to restore the Directorate of Health Services. "The Punjab Health Department has moved a summery to the CM Secretariat for final approval to restore the DHS", Secretary Health Anwar A Khan told The Nation when contacted. He said that senior officers of grade 20 would be posted as Director Health Services in all the nine Divisions of Punjab including the Lahore Division, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Sahiwal and Bahawalpur Division.