The Punjab government is spending resources worth billion of rupees to provide most modern quality healthcare facilities to the people throughout the province on priority basis . This is quite appreciable as healthy people make healthy nation which should be working hard day and night for progress, development and prosperity of the country. 

It is good to note that Provincial Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has spent couple of hours to review the implementation of ongoing projects and working of the existing healthcare facilities in the province the other day in Lahore. 

According to the reports in the newspapers, the chief minister has expressed satisfaction over the quality of healthcare facilities to the people particularly those with lesser resources. 

During the meeting, the chief minister announced setting up of latest central pathology laboratories in Lahore and Multan initially and small laboratories at the public sector hospitals which will be linked with the central laboratories through satellite describing the program as very important and as such it should taken forward with speed. He also directed that the work on health projects should be accelerated adding that new hospitals in the public sector will be established under the public-private partnership model in future. 

The chief minister also said that the hepatitis control program is very important to save the people from this deadly disease and as such it should be implemented more effectively and efficiently. He also has expressed satisfaction over successful implementation of the initiative program for provision of free medicines to the large number of hepatitis patients at their doorsteps and asked the officials concerned to identify forthwith as to where new and bigger hepatitis filter clinics are needed across the province. 

Such regular high-level review meetings of working of different sectors particularly important health sector are quite commendable as these keep all officials concerned on their toes almost round the clock. 

MEEM ZAY RIFAT,  

Lahore, November 17.