LAHORE - Speaking at the inauguration of Shaikh Zayed Bin Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College at Sheikh Zayed Hospital here on Saturday Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the PPP government was committed to provide the best healthcare facilities to people including those living in far-flung areas as per the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto but announced no grant for the hospital facing deficit of millions of rupees. The hospital administration and the doctors were expecting a reasonable grant from the prime minister during his speech to overcome some of the problems faced by the hospital. They however, got disappointed when the PM left the hospital without making announcement in this regard. It is worth mentioning here that Shaikh Zayed Hospital is facing a deficit of Rs 200 million causing serious troubles to the patients visiting hospital especially from far-flung areas of the province for treatment. Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, Federal Minister Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Minister of State for Health Muhammad Afzal Sindhu, UAEs Minister of State, Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Zulfiqar Ali Khosa and Chairman & Dean Shaikh Zayed Hospital Prof Anwaar A Khan were also present on the occasion. Gilani said shortage of doctors persists all parts of the world including Pakistan. He said, It was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who in 1971 had realised the need for setting up of new medical colleges to produce doctors to alleviate sufferings of the masses. He said the govet is committed to actualise the plans initiated by the great visionary leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. We plan to extend provision of general health cover to the grassroots level and introduce innovative measures to provide medical care to the common man. The prime minister said hepatitis has suddenly emerged as terrible menace and the government was planning to manage it through preventive measures and education about forms of the disease. He said the government has also planned to provide Hepatitis B vaccination for all through Expanded Programme of Immunisation and for this purpose sufficient funds have been earmarked in the federal health budget for 2009-2010.