LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of healthcare facilities is one of the top priorities of the government and solid measures are being taken for improvement of health sector and health facilities in the hospitals. Financial and administrative autonomy in real sense has been given to teaching hospitals of the province for improving the affairs of the hospitals, he added. He said that special attention is being paid for controlling eye diseases and blindness and a high level committee has been constituted in this regard which will submit its recommendations for checking this disease. He said this during a briefing given by the Principal, College of Ophthalmology & Allied Vision Sciences, here on Sunday. The meeting reviewed matters regarding improvement of facilities provided for the treatment of eye diseases and blindness. Addressing the meeting CM said that in order to provide medical facilities to the people at their doorsteps, availability of medical equipments, medicines, doctors and paramedical staff at basic and rural health centers, tehsil and district headquarters hospitals are being ensured throughout the province. Dialysis centers are being established for the treatment of kidney patients where free treatment facilities will be available to the poor patients. He said that the condition of health sector has worsened and he himself witnessed this fact during his visits of various districts. The CM said that hygienic conditions and provision of clean drinking water is of utmost importance for eradication of diseases as polluted water and atmosphere is one of the reasons for spreading of eye diseases. He said that facilities for elimination of eye diseases and blindness would be provided in all hospitals of the province and the committee set up in this regard should submit its recommendations at the earliest. He said that the measures taken for the provision of health facilities would only yield positive results when the doctors should perform their duties with dedication as service to the ailing humanity is their moral and religious obligation. He said that admission in various courses in College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences should be given on merit by abolishing quota system. Chief Minister also constituted a special committee comprising of MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Secretary Health and other health experts, which would submit its recommendations to the Chief Minister for provision of facilities and controlling eye diseases in the hospitals of the province. Earlier, Principal and Director General of College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences informed in detail about the performance of the institution with regard to eye diseases and blindness in the province.