LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said his government has a mission of providing best healthcare to the people of Punjab.

Presiding over a meeting yesterday, the chief minister reviewed the progress on Pakistan Kidney & Liver Transplant Institute and Research Center Project.

President Board of Governors of the Center Dr Saeed Akhtar gave a briefing about the progress of the project.

Shehbaz Sharif said the project was a trendsetter for providing quality public health facilities. Modern treatment facilities will be available to the kidney and liver patients after completion of this project, he added.

“Providing quality treatment facilities to the common man is top priority of the government. The biggest health budget has been presented in the history of the province, through which, new hospitals are being set up and medical facilities improved,” Shahbaz Sharif said.

The CM ordered the authorities concerned for maintaining quality construction of the project and said all-out resources will be made available for the public health facilities.

Shahbaz Sharif also directed to give final shape to the proposal of setting up of a university in the project.

During the meeting, he also approved the design and colour of Orange Line Metro Train stations.

“It is the biggest and unique project in the transport history of Pakistan to provide comfortable, speedy, safe and economical travelling facilities to the people,” the CM said on the occasion.

He further said best transport system is vital for the promotion of economic and trade activities, hoping the project would bring a marked improvement in transport system.

Rs1m, artificial hands for Hafizabad victim: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday went to village Jorian, Hafizabad, to share the grief of Abubakar alias Akram whose hands were chopped by influential persons of the area.

The chief minister also met the victim’s father, Muhammad Siddique and other family members and sought details about the incident from the injured man.

Shahbaz Sharif informed the victim family that a committee comprising police office of integrity has been established for investigating into the incident impartially and without fear and favour. He added the persons found guilty of the offence will not go unpunished.

“All demands of justice would be fulfilled in this incident and no-one will be allowed to create hurdle in this respect,” he assured the victim family.

He also gave a cheque of financial assistance for one million rupees to the victim and assured that all possible assistance and complete look after of the injured youth would be done.

The Punjab government will provide two artificial hands and a suitable government job to the injured youth, the CM announced.

Muhammad Siddique father of Abubakar alias Akram had leveled allegation that a landlord had cut off the hands of his son by putting them in a cutter.

Meeting on Modern lab: Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Jawad Rafiq Malik chaired a meeting held yesterday to review establishment of Model Drug Testing Laboratory in Lahore.

Three in one laboratory will provide testing facility for food, agri medicines and drug samples. Secretary to CM Dr Ahmed Javed Qazi, Special Secretary Secondary and Primary Healthcare Ali Jan Khan, DG Punjab Food Authority Dr Sajid Chohan, DG Forensic Laboratories Dr Tahir Ashraf, health specialist Dr Naeem-ud-Din Mian, Additional Secretary Drug Control Dr Muhammad Ameer, officers of NESPAK and Director DTL Shaheen Iqbal attended the meeting.

Jawad Rafiq directed presenting building plan to steering committee till January 7.

Allocation: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that ample resources have been allocated under CM Health Initiatives for catering needs of communities regarding primary healthcare at district level.

Speaking at Provincial Advocacy Forum (PAF) organized by EVA-BHN, a DFID funded project, at a local hotel yesterday, he said that the findings of the forum would be discussed in the next monthly meeting of EDOs Health. MPAs, media men, representatives from provincial health department, UN & INGOs participated in the forum.

Coordinators of District Advocacy Forums, DG Health Punjab, ADGHS, IRMNCH, Dr Zahida Sarwar from PSPU, Adeeb Bhinder, General Secretary Lahore Bar, Member Health Standing Committee MPA Dr Nousheen Hamid and parliamentarians from Layyah, Bhakar and Muzaffargarh addressed the participants.