LAHORE - Nurses at Mayo Hospital yesterday called off their protest on written apology from Young Doctors Association.

They were protesting for the last two days against misbehaviour of young doctors at Mayo Hospital. Addressing a joint press conference at Lahore Press Club, the leadership of YDA and Young Nurses Association (YNA) said that a committee was constituted to probe the incident of misbehaviour of doctors with nurses at Mayo Hospital.

Medical Superintendent Mayo Hospital Dr Amjad Shehzad was also present during the media talk.

The leaders, including Dr Tajammal Butt, Dr Faizan Akram, Dr Zafarullah, Deshawar and Raheela, thanked MS Mayo Hospital for facilitating negotiations. They vowed to work jointly for provision of better healthcare facilities to the patients.

Meeting: Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education will introduce centralized induction policy for PGRs to maintain merit and transparency and to overcome shortage of specialists in specialties like anesthesia, nephrology and urology.

Chairing a meeting at Civil Secretariat yesterday, Secretary Health Najam Ahmed Shah said that mechanism for induction of PG trainees would be prepared with the consultation of all the stakeholders. Vice Chancellors KEMU and FJMU, Registrar of UHS, Principal AIMC, Prof Khalid Masood Gondal from CPSP, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr Salman Shahid, Deputy Secretary Medical Education Dr Nasir Shakir and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

Visits to flood prone districts: Rescue 1122 DG Dr Arshad Zia started monitoring visit to flood prone districts of South Punjab for assessment of operational capacity, human resource and emergency equipments.

APP reported that the DG visited Muzaffergarh, Layya, DG Khan and Rajanpur in the first phase whereas Rahim Yar Khan, Multan and Khanewal will be visited in the second phase.

The DG Rescue held meetings with head of Rescue 1122 in the districts and inspected available resources, including human resource, emergency ambulances, emergency vehicles, fire tenders, rescue vehicles, water bowsers, rescue boats etc.

He also witnessed condition of water rescue equipments to perform an operational duty and analyzed flood management capacity of emergency service in the districts with availableinfrastructure.

The DG Rescue along with Regional Emergency Officer Dr Zafar Shah and Head of Operations Punjab Ayaz Asalam met with the district emergency officers, emergency officers, rescue and safety officers, control room in charges, station coordinators and officers concerned to have deep insight about the operational readiness for flood season.

Dr Arshad Zia said after a detailed assessment from all flood prone districts of Punjab, flood contingency plans will be exercised for effective management of upcoming flood season and smooth operations of Rescue 1122 in all districts.

He said Rescue 1122 was working closely with Districts Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in the districts and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Punjab to have an effective coordination with all attached departments in case of any flood emergency.