Govt focused on improving healthcare: Salman Rafique


Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that the government has taken revolutionary steps for health sector development and is focused on providing best healthcare facilities to the people of far-flung areas. He directed the district health managers to perform their responsibilities with professional zeal to further improve the working of district and district headquarters hospitals.

He stated this while chairing a conference of EDOs Health at Directorate General Health Services, here today.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, DG Health Services Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, members of the Chief Minister’s Health Roadmap Team, directors of the health programme and EDOs health of all the districts were present in the meeting. Chief Minister’s Health Roadmap team presented a review regarding the performance of the health department at district level.  The meeting was informed that the performance of primary and secondary health sector has improved substantially as a result of various initiatives taken during Chief Minister’s Health Roadmap.

Attendance of staff in hospitals has improved after the introduction of bio-metric system. Moreover, availability of medicines has been ensured and performance of vaccinators has also improved after the introduction of E-vaccination monitoring system and the use of android phones. This has led to an increase in the coverage of routine immunization, which has risen from 50 per cent to 75 per cent within a year, the meeting was told.

Arrangements for the upcoming Sub-National Immunization Drive (SNIDs), a campaign against polio in the selected districts, were also reviewed in the meeting, a campaign against polio in the selected districts from March 14.  Secretary Health Ali Jan Khan directed the officers to finalise arrangements for the SNIDs in March. He further said that DCOs and DPOs of the selected districts, where the SNIDs will be carried out, have been asked to provide proper security to the polio teams.

Kh. Salman Rafique directed the district health managers to take effective measures against viral diseases adding that vigorous outdoor and indoor dengue surveillance should be ensured to control the disease. Kh. Salman Rafique stressed the need for effective measures against dengue especially in Rawalpindi.