LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting, here yesterday, which decided to set up central blood banks in nine divisions of the province.

The meeting also decided to establish nine rehabilitation centres for the disabled in the province under a phased programme.

The central blood banks will ensure availability of safe and healthy blood for the patient after thorough checking of the same.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said supply of safe and healthy blood is essential for quality healthcare. He has directed the health department to develop an institutional mechanism for central blood bank system.

He wanted the authorities to carry out expeditious work to make the central blood banks in Multan and Bahawalpur operational as early as possible. He also sought setting up more than one blood centres where they were needed in proportionate to the population. A committee will determine the requirement in this behalf.

The chief minister said that there is a need for working expeditiously on the project of establishment of rehabilitation centers for disabled and this project should be implemented on fast track basis.

He also issued instructions for evolving a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the project. He said that all out resources will be provided for the provision of public health facilities.

The chief minister said revolutionary reforms are being pursued in health sector to provide quality and latest medical facilities to the masses. He said the efforts made so far, have yielded positive results.

Shahbaz Sharif said that effective measures have been taken for the provision of basic health facilities to the masses at their doorstep. He said that besides setting up modern hospitals in far-flung areas, health facilities are also being up-graded in rural and basic health centers.