LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Primary & Secondary Health Imran Nazir has said that by introducing new initiatives and reforms, visible improvement can be seen in the working of public sector hospitals and other health programs in Punjab. He said that Punjab has the best healthcare facilities in the country and the critics should visit the hospitals of other provinces before making criticism on Punjab’s healthcare system.
He said this while addressing the monthly conference of medical superintendents of districts and tehsil headquarters hospitals in a local hotel on Sunday. Besides, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Special Secretary Dr Faisal Zahoor, Additional Secretary Admin Dr Farooq Manzoor and others attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed the performance and steps taken for hepatitis, TB and dengue control at the grassroot level. Moreover, the meeting reviewed the implementation on Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS), provision of medicines, cleanliness and hygiene conditions, infection control, attendance of the staff and disciplinary matters. Imran Nazir appreciated the performance of medical superintendents and other staff. Health Secretary Ali Jan Khan said that after completion of revamping of 40 DHQ/THQ hospitals, the second phase of revamping of remaining THQ hospitals has been started during which all the matters relating to the improvement in infrastructure of the hospitals, capacity building and training of the staff, improvement in their performance and expansion of medical facilities would be done.
He directed the medical superintendents to take effective steps to control the incidents of violence in the hospitals for which disciplinary steps should be taken.