LAHORE - The Punjab government will provide financial and technical cooperation to Gilgit Baltistan for development in health sector.

The health department will provide assistance in up-gradation of hospitals, training of manpower and provision of equipments.

A delegation led by GB minister Haji Akbar Tabani called on CM’s adviser Kh Salman Rafiq at civil secretariat yesterday. Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik, Additional Development Secretary Mahmood Hassan, Prof Saeed Akhtar and other officers were also present on the occasion.

The delegation informed that there was acute shortage of health facilities in the mountainous region including lack of medical college and tertiary care hospital.

Similarly, there is no institution of education and training for paramedics or nursing school. Medical facilities are available only at secondary level whereas serious patients are taken to Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The delegation requested cooperation for developing DHQ hospitals Skardu and Gilgit, improving infrastructure of other health centers and providing training to human resource.

Kh Salman Rafiq assured the delegation of full cooperation.