LAHORE - Punjab Labour and Human Resource Minister Ansar Majeed Khan Wednesday directed the authorities of the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) to fill vacancies of specialist doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in its hospitals throughout the province.

He ordered to provide the best possible medical treatment and equipments for the labour community.

He said that a proposal to restart private practice of doctors in the Social Security Hospitals in the evening shifts was also under consideration without least affecting the treatment process of labourers and their dependents.

He stated this during a briefing regarding procurement of electro medical equipment in the hospitals and medical units of the PESSI here.

Medical Advisor PESSI Dr Nasir Jamal Pasha briefed the minister regarding issues of social security hospitals and said that the institution had initiated the process of procurement of electro medical equipment in different phases. According to the PESSI medical advisor, in the first phase equipment for ICU, CCU, operation theaters and emergencies of the SSHs is being completed whereas essentially required equipment along with non-functional equipments had also been taken up during this phase for which patients were referred to other hospitals.

Dr Nasir Jamal Pasha informed the meeting that the budget for the purchase of electro medical equipment for the year 2018-19 was Rs400 million.

He apprised the meeting that during phase-II, equipment for the specialties, including Radiology, Anesthesia, Dialysis Center, Gynae, Eye, ENT, Physiotherapy, Skin and Dentistry were being procured. During phase-III, the latest equipments for the departments to be upgraded and procured.

The meeting was informed that after the approval of pilot project,the Quick Response (QR) Tagging has been completed in Social Security Hospital Kot Lakhput Lahore, Shahdara, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Islamabad and Okara.

Minister Ansar Majeed Khan expressed his great concern over the non-functional Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in the social security hospitals of PESSI particularly SSH Multan Road Lahore after delay of many years.

The minister directed the authorities to ensure transparency and adopt all SOPs in the procurement of electro medical equipment along with using original spare parts in the repairable medical equipment.

He also directed to complete the process of auction of 17 years old ambulances and prepare a feasible plan to purchase fully equipped new ambulances for PESSI hospitals and medical units.