LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Raffiq has said that the health department’s restructuring was necessary for effective use of a big work force and huge infrastructure.

Chairing a meeting held on Sunday to review the proposals for restructuring of health department and devolving the powers at grass root level, the adviser stressed the need of a strong system of check and balance. Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik, Health DG Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Strategic and Policy Management Unit (PSPU) Director Ali Bahadur Qazi, Senior Health Specialist of World Bank Dr Tayyab Mahmood, Provincial Team Leader Technical Resource Facility Plus (TRF+) Dr Anwar Janjua, Dr Naeemud Din Mian, Director Finance Health Department Tanvir Baig, Dr Zahida Sarwar and Hamid Yaqoob of SNG attended the meeting.

It was informed that during the last two decades the work force of Health Department has reached upto 0.15 million and the number of Health facilities also increased to 3500. As many as 19 medical colleges have been established in public sector.

The meeting reviewed the workload of health department, responsibilities of provinces after transfer of vertical health programmes under 18th Constitutional Amendment.

Dr Anwar Janjua gave a presentation on the administrative powers/authority of EDO Health and DOH, functioning of District Health Authorities (DHA).

The meeting also discussed working of teaching hospitals and role of Board of Management of autonomous health institutions.