Public health: ‘Govt will not tolerate any negligence’

Rafique states that steps are being taken to improve overall healthcare


Our Correspondent February 22, 2018
Government is taking necessary steps to provide quality healthcare PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the government is taking the necessary steps to provide quality healthcare to the people of the province. He said this while presiding over a syndicate meeting at Nishtar Hospital.

He said that public welfare is the government’s priority and zero-negligence will be tolerated in this regard.

He showed his displeasure over the reported shortage of medicines at Nishtar Hospital. Those responsible for this state of affairs would not be spared, he emphasised. He ordered the formation of a committee headed by Dr Sami Akhtar and the body would to submit a report within 15 days.

Companies which fail to supply medication on time should be blacklisted. If departmental committees are not working properly, they should be disbanded, he stated.

He added that special attention is being paid to the health development projects of Southern Punjab.

A number of mega projects have been established in the region and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is personally monitoring their development.

Rafique also visited the newly constructed block at the Children’s Hospital. He directed that the waiting area, which is still under construction, be completed at the earliest possible date and be equipped with the appropriate facilities. The waiting area is being constructed on Shehbaz’s special orders, he expressed.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2018.

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