FAISALABAD - Inaugurating a mobile healthcare unit, an initiative of the Liver Foundation Trust, at the Faisalabad DHQ Hospital on Monday, Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan asserted that the Punjab government has been pursuing revolutionary policies to strengthen the health sector.

“The government has introduced mobile hospitals to provide healthcare facilities to the people of remote areas at their doorstep,” said the minister while adding that all-out resources were being utilised to provide quality medical treatment facilities in the province.” He said the mobile healthcare unit at the DHQ was a remarkable step that would offset burden on public hospitals.

The minister urged those affluent to come forward to serve the humanity and extend their cooperation for providing treatment facilities to the poor at their doorsteps.

Speaking on the occasion, Liver Foundation Trust Chairman Dr Zahid Yasin Hashmi said that four mobile healthcare units would be arranged under the foundation at a cost of Rs160 million. He said the mobile healthcare unit was a mini-hospital having facilities of ECG, ultrasound, x-ray machine, laboratory and dispensary. The facility of minor medical procedure of liver patients would also be available at the unit, he said and added that a health education programme would also be a part of the unit for creating awareness among the general public about precautionary measures for avoiding hepatitis diseases.

Hashmi said that funds of Rs120 million had been spent on the construction and renovation of the liver centre with the cooperation of local philanthropists, while free medicine for the treatment of hepatitis C had been provided to deserving patients with an amount of Rs 95 million.

About 247,413 liver patients had been treated at the outdoor patient section, while medical treatment facilities had been provided to 20,162 patients at the indoor section of the liver centre during the year 2011.

MPAs Khawaja Muhammad Islam, Rana Afzal, PMC Principal Prof Riaz Hussain Dab, DHQ MS Dr Arif Ali, Dr Shaheena Hashmi, Dr Amir Shauqat, trustees Maj (r) Shahnawaz, Mian Latif, Haji Maqsood, Mian Arshid, Mian Munawar, Mian Ishfaq, Mian Waheed, Mian Younis, Mian Munir and other philanthropists were also present.

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