LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif at a review meeting on Thursday expressed his satisfaction at the implementation of health projects.

During the two-hour meeting, Shehbaz showed satisfaction with the ‘quality’ of healthcare facilities being provided to people, says a handout.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that resources worth billions of rupees were being spent to provide quality and latest healthcare facilities to ordinary people. He said that latest central pathology labs would be set up in Lahore and Multan. He said small labs would be set up at hospitals and they would be linked to the central lab through satellite.

He said, “The project of establishment of the central lab is very important and it should, therefore, be taken forward with speed. A road show should be held for promotion of pathology labs and work on health projects should be accelerated. New hospitals will be set up in the province under the public-private partnership model in future.”

Shehbaz said the hepatitis control programme was very important to save people from this deadly disease; therefore, it should be implemented effectively. He expressed his satisfaction at successful implementation of the programme for provision of medicines to hepatitis patients. He said that hepatitis filter clinics would be upgraded to teaching hospitals. He told the authorities to immediately start work where new and bigger filter clinics were needed.

He said that use of technology in the health sector was being promoted and a latest system would be useful to monitor ventilators at hospitals. Similarly, he said, the patients information management system has been developed and the system of purchase, supply and distribution of medicines has been made digital.  He said that Prime Minister’s Health Insurance Programme was in progress in four districts and the scope of this programme would be extended to other districts as well. He said extension of the programme in 13 selected districts has been finalised.

The meeting reviewed the service delivery programme of private hospitals.

Separately presided over a meeting on the proposals of setting up of a state-of-the-art hospital and medical college in Lahore Knowledge Park by the British investor, Shehbaz said bringing improvements in healthcare facilities is his mission as access to qualitative healthcare facilities is the right of the people.

He said that Punjab government has introduced different reforms to improve the healthcare system and due to it, the same medicines are being given to the poor patients which are used by the elite.

He said that every possible step is being taken for providing qualitative treatment to the poor patients in the Punjab. He vowed that every means will be adopted to ensure qualitaty healthcare facilities to the people in the hospitals. He sought setting up of a committee under the Chairmen Planning & Development Department to finalize the details of this proposal submit recommendations within seven days.