LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday presided over a high level meeting which reviewed matters regarding improvement of healthcare system and re-organisation of Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department.

The meeting accorded approval in principle to up-gradation of hospitals and improvement plan of medical facilities as well as important steps for removing the shortage of anesthetists in the hospitals. The meeting also decided for conducting two year’s course of anesthesia for medical officers of the hospitals.

Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that provision of quality and modern medical facilities to the people is his mission which will be fulfilled at all costs. He said that fruits of revolutionary steps taken for the improvement of public health facilities should reach the common man at every cost. “Important services will be outsourced under up-gradation programme of the hospitals,” he added.

Shehbaz Sharif said that besides hospital upgrade, additional medical facilities will also be provided here. He said that the experiences of Sri Lanka, Turkey and Malaysia could be benefitted regarding improvement of medical facilities in the hospitals.

The CM directed to review model hospitals set up by philanthropists in private sector for improving healthcare facilities in the hospitals. He said that a lot of time has been wasted but now we will have to move speedily for improving public health facilities . He added that revolutionary reforms are being introduced for the improvement of health sector.

Giving approval to the proposal of visit of cardiologists and anesthetists of private sector to the hospitals during surgery, the CM said that steps should be taken speedily for computerising the entire process of supply order of medicines, procurement, provision to hospitals and distribution to the patients.

Shehbaz also directed that a third party audit policy should strictly be implemented in all big projects of health department.

Informing about the reorganisation of drug testing labs and Chief Drug Control Office, the CM said that the labs in Multan, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi will become functional next year. He said that a plan should be presented for making Punjab Health Foundation an active and vibrant institution.

The meeting appreciated the efforts of Punjab health secretary Ali Jan regarding improvement of healthcare system and betterment plan of hospitals. The secretary gave a briefing regarding plan of improvement of healthcare system and medical facilities in the hospitals.

Health Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, PKLI president, Planning & Development chairman and other officials concerned were present on the occasion.