Health dept working on synergies, partnerships
LAHORE – Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir said on Monday that emerging health challenges required innovative solutions and the department was working towards synergies and partnerships.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of PACP Testing Center at Munshi Ladda Bagh, Karim Park area on Wednesday, he said that the key to solving complex problems was synergy and public-private partnerships. The centre provides multi-purpose solutions, including school education, vocational training by Tevta and interest free loans by Akhuwat to marginalised communities under one roof. The Punjab AIDS Control Programme is providing free testing services for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, free vaccination for Hep B and free treatment for HIV and Hepatitis.
Executive Director of Akhuwat Dr Amjad Saqib, Director General of Walled City of Lahore Authority Kamran Lashari, Programme Director Punjab AIDS Control Programme, Dr Asim Altaf, Dr Rashid from Ali Zafar Foundation and a large number of local residents attended the ceremony.
Nazir said, “The government is committed to providing healthcare services to people especially the marginalised communities and high risk groups. I congratulate PACP for introducing out of box plans and developing integrated development solutions with WCLA and Akhuwat.”
Dr Amjad Saqib said that Akhuwat was focusing on under privileged communities and the organization has disbursed Rs35 billion loans from Chief Minister Khud Rozgar Scheme to deserving people with a recovery exceeding 99 per cent. He said Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Program was already working in partnership with the PACP. Kamran Lashari emphasized that government organizations may synergize their activities for better outcomes. “For shared objectives, resources may be synergized and public welfare must be the ultimate objective of all,” he added.
Dr Asim Altaf referring to the tripartite arrangement said that all organizations were making all out efforts to facilitate the public in their spheres.
He said two more similar centers will be opened, one in Delhi Gate and the other in Texali Gate. The testing center offers free medical tests for HIV, Hepatitis B, C, Blood Group, besides providing much needed awareness regarding HIV, Hepatitis B and C.