The Punjab Government has decided to convert the under construction District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) into Kidney Centre and it will be made operational within six weeks.

This was disclosed by Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq here on Friday. Addressing a meeting of health officials, he added that the entire machinery of Kidney Centre had been shipped to Multan while the tenders for other necessary items and recruitment of staff would be advertised by the end of ongoing month.

He said that the DHQ Hospital would be constructed at a separate spot. He said that the extension project of Children Complex Hospital Multan had been accomplished by 90 percent while the development projects at Nishtar Hospital were also in final phase. He claimed that the kidney centre would be the latest treatment centre of its kind. He claimed that the Punjab Government released funds worth billions for establishment of hospitals and health centres at district and tehsil level.

He warned that a plan to tighten noose around the negligent officials and habitual absentees of health department had been made while those discharging their responsibilities honestly would be encouraged. “Any doctor or other staff member, who remains absent from rural health centre for consecutive three days, will be fired,” he further explained. He disclosed that the officials had been equipped with latest monitoring equipment for the effective monitoring of basic health units in rural areas. He added that the vaccinators had also been given latest phones and these devices would be utilized to monitor their performance.

He said that the initial salary of a doctor appointed at a basic health unit was higher than a gazetted officer and it was sheer dishonesty if the doctors still remained absent from their job. He directed the medical superintendents of all hospitals to remove medicine shortage complaints forthwith and ensure timely purchase of medicines.

The secretary health Punjab Jawad Rafiq revealed that a strategy to ease burden from teaching hospitals of big cities had been chalked out under which latest healthcare facilities would be provided at tehsil and district headquarters hospitals. He added that the government was focused to eliminate four major problems currently being faced by THQs and DHQs. “Under this strategy, availability of staff, infrastructure, medicines and equipment will be ensured at these health outlets,” he added.