LAHORE - Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that the government is establishing small hospitals in various parts of the city that will help reducing burden on the major hospitals.

Chairing a meeting held at Civil Secretariat on Thursday, the adviser directed the officers to accelerate the construction/completion of the health projects. Additional Development Secretary Mahmood Hassan, Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Health EDO Dr Zulfiqar Ali, District Health Officer Dr Saeed and the officers of C&W, Finance and other departments attended the meeting.

It was informed that the building of 130-bed hospital in Mian Mir has been completed, whereas SNE for the recruitment of the staff has been sent to Finance Department. Moreover, procurement process for medical equipment has also been started. The meeting was informed that building of 20-bed hospital in Ghaziabad Aziz Bhatti Town has been completed, while SNE for the staff recruitment has been approved.

Similarly, building of THQ level 60-bed hospital in Lidher has also been constructed and external development work is underway. It was informed that SNE for the recruitment of the staff has also been sent to the government.

 Another 60-bed hospital in Sabzazar has also been constructed on which 194.123 million rupees have been spent. Additional Development Secretary further informed that a 60-bed hospital in Raiwind has also been constructed.

Similarly, in the thickly populated area of Samnabad, 25-bed hospital has been established and the construction work of the hospital is in final stage. He informed that the procurement process of medical equipment has also been started.

Meanwhile, Kh Salman distributed 172 motorcycles among Monitoring and Evaluation Assistants (MEAs) in a ceremony held here. On the occasion, he said that the MEAs were playing an important role in the improvement of attendance of doctors at basic health centers, availability of medicines and routine immunization.

“After introduction of strict monitoring system, performance of basic health units and rural health centers has considerably improved during the last two months,” the health adviser said.

Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik, Health DG Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) Director Ali Bahadar Qazi, CM’s Health Roadmap Programme In-charge Aizaz Akhtar, District Monitoring Officers, (DMOs) and MEAs of Lahore, Kasur and Sheikhupura attended the function.