LAHORE - In order to reduce the load of patients on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), cardiac units of all teaching hospitals should be fully functionalised to deliver health facilities to the masses, directed Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafique.

He was presiding over a meeting on Thursday where Secretary Health Jawad Rafique Malik, DG Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, PIC Chief Executive Prof Bilal Zakriya Khan, Dr Bilqees Akhtar from Mayo Hospital and other senior doctors and officials were present.

Dr Bilqees told the participants of meeting that the cardiac department of Mayo Hospital is facing shortage of equipment and doctors. If the hospital is provided with all the facilities it lacks, the cardiac department would start functioning at its full capacity.

The participants of the meeting discussed different options and gave proposals for making the cardiology department of the teaching hospitals functional.

Secretary Health Jawad Rafique Malik said there is a need of another full-fledged institute of cardiology in Lahore to cater to the needs of over ten million population of the provincial metropolitan and its surroundings.

However, as a short term measure, the functioning of cardiac units of teaching hospitals is essential. He further directed that all teaching hospitals should immediately take stock of their needs for making cardiac units fully functional and send PC-I to the Department so that maximum schemes could be included in the coming budget.

Kh Salman Rafique asked Chief Executive Bilal Zikriya Khan to act as focal person for the teaching hospitals and prepare a presentation regarding the demands of funds, medical equipments and human resource for cardiac units of teaching hospitals. Separately, during the inauguration ceremony of the health camps set up in four districts of Punjab held at Gulberg, Salman Rafique said the Punjab government is committed to providing basic health services to deprived communities at their doorstep.

The health camps have been set up by the provincial health department in selected Union Councils of four districts: Lahore, Rawalpindi, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur with support from partners. The initiative, Salman said, will help enhance access to maternal/child health care services. He said the camps are providing medicines for common ailment along with ante-natal care and EPI services.

“These camps are an interim solution for the provision of basic health services in areas identified to be most in need,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, Punjab Medical Faculty has announced the results of paramedic examinations (old scheme) held in February 2015. The Secretary Punjab Medical Faculty said that result cards have been dispatched to all the candidates at their given postal address. The result is also available at the website of Punjab Medical Faculty