LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered completion of all necessary arrangements for the protection of life and property of the people against possible flood.

Warning that no negligence or laxity will be tolerated, the CM directed that concerned federal and provincial departments should complete all preparations in view of recent rains. He further urged the federal and provincial departments to keep a close contact and remain vigilant to cope with any emergent situation.

“There should be no lack of coordination among federal and provincial institutions and strict action will be taken in case of any negligence,” Shehbaz said while addressing a video link conference yesterday.

He directed that the Cabinet Sub-Committee should review the arrangements by visiting southern Punjab. He also ordered the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to provide abundance stock of relief goods in the districts where rains are expected.

Members of provincial Cabinet Committee on Flood participated in the meeting from Civil Secretariat whereas Chairman NDMA, DG Meteorology, authorities of WAPDA, SUPARCO and concerned federal departments from Islamabad and commissioners of concerned divisions, DCOs of concerned districts and authorities of different departments also attended the meeting through video link.

The Meteorology DG gave a briefing regarding weather situation during coming days whereas Irrigation Secretary, acting DG PDMA, NDMA Chairman and senior authorities of other departments informed the meeting regarding arrangements being made by their departments.

Meanwhile, the chief minister accorded approval in principle to reorganisation of Directorate General Health Services to make it an active institution.

Presiding over a meeting, the CM decided to take strict action against the elements involved in business of spurious medicines and took detailed review of the steps regarding precautionary measures and checking Congo virus.

Shehbaz Sharif stated that the factories manufacturing substandard and fake medicines will be closed forever. “Those approving samples of bogus medicines deserve no leniency. It is the responsibility of Health Department to check business of spurious medicines and bring the persons involved to task,” he added.

He further directed the Chief Secretary to take strict action against the laboratories approving samples of bogus medicines and factories preparing such drugs.

Expressing his dissatisfaction over the performance of Directorate General Health Services, the CM said that the institution will have to play an effective role for providing medical facilities to public. “The Directorate General Health Services has proved to be a white elephant and failed in provision of health facilities,” Shehbaz remarked.

He urged the Health department to evolve and present a comprehensive plan regarding reorganisation of the institution.

He also expressed sorrow over the death of a doctor due to Congo virus and ordered inquiry into the incident. He also announced financial assistance of Rs5 million for the heirs of the doctor.

Health Secretary Ali Jan Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding the performance and reorganisation of the Directorate General Health Services. Health Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Health Secretary, and other officials concerned were present on the occasion.

Turkish MP calls ON sHEHBAZ

Member of Turkish Parliament Burhan Kayaturk called on Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday and discussed cooperation in different sectors and bilateral relations.

During the meeting, the CM highlighted the deep friendly and economic relations between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that Turkey is trustworthy friend of Pakistan and both the countries have stood with each other in difficult circumstances.

However, he held there was a need of increasing contacts among parliamentarians for strengthening ties between the two countries.

Shehbaz Sharif lauded the exemplary role of Turkish people in foiling the recent military coup in Turkey. He said that people of both the countries are tied in bonds of mutual respect for democracy.

Burhan Kayaturk thanked the people, government and leadership of Pakistan for supporting the rule of law and democracy in Turkey.