LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that the process of provision of free medicines to the poor people will be continued throughout the province and resources required for this purpose will be provided at all costs. He expressed these views while inaugurating Aimcon Conference 2008 here at the Allama Iqbal Medical College on Monday. MPAs Dr Saeed Elahi, Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Ashraf Chauhan, Chairman Board of Management AIMC, Mian Mahboob Iqbal Tata, Dr Mahmood Alam President APPNA America, Dr Babar President AIMCAANA, America, Principal AIMC Prof Dr Javed Akram, Principals of various teaching hospitals and senior doctors attended the conference. The chief minister said the government is taking all possible steps for improvement of the health sector and as chief servant of Punjab, he will leave no stone unturned for improvement of health centres. He said the provision of basic health facilities to deserving and poor people is the mission of his government which will be completed at any cost. "If we cannot serve the ailing humanity, then we have no right to remain in power", he added. Addressing the ceremony Mian Shahbaz said that like other sectors, the condition of health sector is also pathetic throughout the province and the performance of rural and basic health centres is very unsatisfactory. He said the government has taken the task of improvement of health sector as a challenge and suggestions of doctors and paramedical staff have been sought for the betterment of this sector by holding various conferences. He said people are dying due to the non-availability of medicines and treatment facilities whereas rich people suffering from ordinary disease are enjoying the treatment facility abroad. "This is not Quaid's Pakistan," and we cannot say it a welfare state. He said that despite the provision of all resources by the government, the condition of health sector did not improve and we will have to analyse who is responsible for it. He said that we will have to bring revolution in the health sector and to work with devotion and only then we will be successful before Almighty Allah and the people. Shahbaz said the present government is fully aware of its responsibilities and a comprehensive strategy has been evolved for provision of standardised medical facilities to the people and improvement of health sector. He said that 60 dialysis machines were imported and if we were successful in saving a precious life despite bearing additional expenses then it will be a great service. He said that health authorities had informed him that the funds available for provision of free medicines to the people in the province have been utilised. He said he rejected the proposal to discontinue upgradation of health sector adding that he will arrange resources for this purpose and will continue this noble cause. He said that he had constituted a high level committee, which will formulate its recommendations and submit to him. He said that the students who have completed their education from AIMC are playing very important role in the medical research and the Aimcon Conference will leave a positive impact on the health sector. He appreciated the performance of AIMC Principal Dr Javed Akram. Earlier, addressing the conference, Principal AIMC Dr Javed Akram informed about the aims and objectives of the conference as well as performance of the college. He told that a number of new departments have been established in the college. Dr Mehmood Alam President APPNA and Muhammad Babar Cheema President AIMCAANA also addressed the conference. The Chief Minister also gave away lifetime achievement award to Prof Mushtaq Haroon and Iqbalian Awards to Dr Babar Cheema and Dr Mehmood Alam for their performances. He also inaugurated MRI department, modern pathology laboratory and labour room at Jinnah Hospital.