ISLAMABAD: The newly elected federal health minister has expressed concerns over the absence of health facilities in the federal capital, particularly at the largest tertiary care hospital in the city, while directing an audit of various health programmes of the government and sought details of these programmes.
This was directed by Federal Health Minister Aamir Mehmood Kiyani as he chaired the first meeting of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.
Convening a day after taking oath as minister, Kiyani demanded details of money spent on various health programmes of the government, including the lady health workers programme, the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRAP), immunisation programme, programmes to counter key diseases such as hepatitis, malaria and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other health projects.
Later, Kiyani visited the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) in the city. He was given a briefing by Pims Executive Director Dr Raja Amjad Mehmood on the situation of the hospital and its performance.
The health minister also visited different sections of children’s hospital and distributed gifts amongst the children admitted there.
Speaking on the occasion, he noted that parents of children admitted to the hospital during the Eid holidays were distressed.
However, he said that the government was giving special attention to mother and child health in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Kiyani lamented that in the past, governments had not paid attention to either health or education. However, he vowed that all efforts would be made to improve the status of health of the population.
He directed Pims officials to provide the best possible facilities to patients.
“We will remove all obstacles in the way of provision of quality health care to the public. People will soon see visible improvement in the quality of care in government hospitals.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2018.