LAHORE - With all praise for the Turkish healthcare system, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday received a briefing by Turkey’s Health Ministry Director General Dr Oner Guner about the preventive measures against Congo virus.

“The healthcare system of Turkey is very efficient and organised,” the chief minister said while presiding over a meeting that was also informed about case management system, training of medical staff and the role of Institute of Public Health in preventing Congo virus.

CM Shehbaz, on the occasion, said that the government will benefit from the experience and expertise of Turkey to bring reforms in Punjab’s healthcare system.

He added that Turkey has improved its healthcare system through comprehensive reforms and the healthcare system of Punjab will also be uplifted for the provision of the best health services.

“Training of medical staff is essential for case management system; therefore, the existing laboratory will also be upgraded and modernised.

“It is time for practical efforts and adopt the procedure evolved for this purpose,” he stressed. The CM further said that in view of Eid-ul-Azha, Livestock Department should also carry out surveillance of cattle in an effective manner.

“The failure of departments concerned in adopting preventive measures against Congo virus and devising case management system is lamentable,” he added.

He also expressed indignation over unsatisfactory answers of Dean Institute of Public Health and DG Health Services and said that three precious lives have been lost due to Congo virus and the authorities concerned have not been able to determine the responsibility of the laboratory. “Had these officials shown a responsible attitude, not only the laboratory would have been upgraded but no human life would have been lost,” he held.

Shehbaz Sharif said that full benefit will be taken from the expertise of Turkey in the improvement of cleanliness system in hospitals and disposal of hospital waste.

During the meeting, Dr Oner Guner said that he had come to Pakistan on the special instructions of Turkish leadership and would work with Punjab government for prevention from Congo virus and improvement of healthcare system.

Health Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafique, Parliamentary Health Secretary Khawaja Imran Nazir, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team, Secretary Livestock, Secretary Specialized Health & Medical Education, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University, concerned officials and experts of Turkish Health Ministry were also present.

Advisers review

health projects

Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired a meeting yesterday to review pace of work on Surgical Tower, Mayo Hospital and Bone Marrow Transplant Centre, Children’s Hospital. Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah, Dean Children’s Hospital Prof Masood Sadiq, Medical Director Prof Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Additional Secretary (Technical) Dr Salman Shahid, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Medical Superintendent Mayo Hospital Dr Amjad Shehzad, Project Director Surgical Tower Prof Abrar Ashraf, officers of Communication and Works Department attended the meeting.

Prof Ahsan Rathore informed that the pediatric cancer ward of Children’s Hospital has been upgraded from 30 beds to 60 beds. He said that bone marrow transplantation centre was in its final stage. Training of doctors and nursing staff has already been completed. The meeting was informed that 90 percent civil work and 80 percent installation of HVAC system has been completed at surgical tower.

Prof Abrar Ashraf informed that procurement of medical equipment has also been started. Kh Salman Rafiq directed carrying out work on fast track for ensuring completion of surgical tower during the current fiscal year.