LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu has said that the government is planning to recruit 2,400 doctors besides professors and senior doctors in all the districts of the province.

Khalil Tahir Sindhu, the Health Minister, said there was a huge shortage of doctors across the province as large number of doctors had gone and settled abroad. 

He expressed these views while responding to the queries of Punjab Assembly members during question answer hour on Thursday.

The sessions started one hour behind its scheduled time at 11:07 am, after the recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran and Naat.

The House took up the question session hour first wherein Minister for Health Khalil Tahir Sindhu answered almost 13 questions regarding the performance of Health Department.

The Minister said 60 to 70 per cent doctors had been settled in Saudi Arabia and Canada and were working at their hospitals.

Khalil Tahir Sindhu said the shortage of doctors had led the government to recruit 2,400 doctors through Punjab Public Service Commission who initially would be appointed anywhere in Punjab.

He said initially there would be ban over the transfers and postings of the doctors and they would be bound to work at least three years at their place of posting.

Answering a query on the fake and spurious medicine, Khalil Tahir said they would introduce a computerised system on the performance of the drug inspectors.

With the help of Punjab Information Technology, the department had established Drug Inspection Monitoring Evaluation (DIME), he said ,adding, that whereas the prices of the medicine were concerned they fell under the domain of Federal government that fixed prices of the medicine.

When asked about the medicine used for the patients of diabetes, Khalil Tahir said that the government continuously was providing medicine for the patients of diabetic and sugar at all hospitals.

To a query if new emergencies at hospitals would be established, he said they would establish emergency departments after receiving proposals from the hospitals where there was no such facility available.

Later, Opposition and Treasury members read their adjournment motions before the House.

The Opposition leader Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, through his adjournment motion, said that dengue virus like an epidemic was increasing fast.

There had been total 45 dengue patients across the province while the suspected patients were more than 1000 people.

He requested the chair to consider his adjournment motion and let the House debate on it.

Kanwal Nouman also moved adjournment motion on rising prices of vegetables and edibles.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed also strongly criticised the soaring inflation that had made people suffer a lot from the high-prices.

But the chair asked him to move an adjournment motion so that the matter as whole would be taken into consideration.

Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed said flour prices had been increased that was badly affecting the life of a common man; prices of bread and naan increased more burden on a working, middle and poor middle class.

The members of both Opposition and Treasury moved total 12 adjournment motions and out of which nine were penned while all other three were disposed off.