LAHORE Punjab Hospital, Swat, which is being constructed with the cost of Rs 600 millions from the Chief Minister Punjab Relief Fund for IDPs, would be completed within 18 months. In this connection, all the formalities would be completed by 30th May next. The said Hospital would be a gift from the people of Punjab to the people of Swat. A meeting was held at Chief Ministers Secretariat, Lahore under the chairmanship of Senator Ishaq Dar to review the arrangements of the construction of Punjab Hospital, Swat. Secretary Health Punjab, Fawad Hassan Fawad, Special Secretary Health, Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences, Prof Dr Hussain Mubashir Malik, Col (r) Shujja Khanzada MPA, Chairman CM Taskforce Farogh Naved, CEO of Doctors Hospital Dr Javed Asghar and the senior officers from the departments of Health, Finance and P&D attended the meeting. The meeting decided that all the formalities like registration of Punjab Trust, transfer of funds to the trust, transfer of land from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to the Punjab Trust and preparation of architectural design of the building should be completed by the end of next month. The list of medical equipment prepared by the concerned committee was also presented to the meeting which would be put up in the next meeting after being examined by the other members. Senator Ishaq Dar said the Punjab Hospital, Swat is being built from CM Relief Fund which owes to people of Punjab, therefore, all the government functionaries will render their services without any monitory benefit. He said that this hospital would be completed in a record period of time. Health budget increased from Rs 6b to 14b in two years Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has allocated maximum resources for the uplift of health sector and the provision of modern treatment facilities to the masses. The budget for health sector has been increased from Rs 6 billions to Rs 14 billions in a short span of two years. Practical measures have been taken to check misuse and misappropriation of funds due to which additional resources have become available for development projects. This was stated by Secretary Health Fawad Hassan Fawad while talking to journalists after inaugurating E-Library at Fatima Jinnah Medical College here Thursday. The Secretary Health said that despite limited resources the government is paying due attention to the development of healthcare system. In reply to a question, he said that free medicines and diagnostic facilities are being provided to the masses in hospitals and he has personally visited at least 20 hospitals of the province without disclosing his identity to gain first hand knowledge about the affairs. However, any complaints regarding healthcare system were addressed promptly. In response to a question, the Secretary Health said that both doctors and journalists are respectable communities of society and in case of any grievance they should resolve it at the government forum. Earlier, FJMC Principal Prof Dr Abdul Majeed Chaudhry briefed the Secretary Health about the history of the college and apprised him of the upgradation of various sections and starting new departments. The Secretary appreciated efforts of the principal and faculty members for launching new departments like Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Laparoscopy, etc and setting up medical education department. Later, the Secretary Health inaugurated newly set up E-Library in the college. The principal informed that the library has been set up at a cost of Rs four millions which have been provided by FJMC alumni. He informed that the library is connected with the medical universities of the whole world through internet which will facilitate the students in their study.