LAHORE - Seven member delegation of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) called on Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq and Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq Malik at Civil Secretariat on Tuesday and apprised them of problems being faced by the doctors.

The delegation included President PMA Punjab Dr Mehar Iqbal, President PMA Lahore Dr Tanveer Anwar, General Secretary Dr Izhar Ch, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Ehsan-ur-Rehman and Dr Qazi Yasir Faiz. Matters regarding promotion of doctors, seniority list, filling of vacant posts of general cadre and teaching cadre, improvement of primary and secondary healthcare and steps for mother and child health and reduction in mortality rate during pregnancy came under discussion.

Kh Salman Rafiq informed the delegation about service structure of doctors, promotion to next grades and appointments against vacant posts. He told that approval for recruitment on adhoc basis has been given for meeting the shortage of doctors at basic health units and rural health centers.

He said that under Punjab Health Roadmap Development, all health centers were being up-graded. He said that android phones have been provided to the vaccinators for improving routine coverage of EPI Program.

He said that besides increasing the number of skilled birth attendants and community midwives for controlling mortality during pregnancy, a coordinated program of training has also being implemented. He said that round the clock facility of delivery has been provided in 50 basic health units and its scope would be expanded to other basic health centers under 24/7 program.

Jawad Rafiq Malik told that annual budget of Rs 3.3 lakh each has been allocated for basic health centers. Ha said that e- monitoring system has been introduced in health department.