Capital to get first-ever health tower

It will house hospitals, medical and nursing varsities, labs and diagnostics centres

Our Correspondent June 13, 2024



Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to build a health tower of international standard in the federal capital to house hospitals, medical and nursing universities, modern laboratories, and diagnostics centres.
Chairing a meeting to review the matters related to the Ministry of National Health Services, the premier instructed to formulate a strategy to build the said tower through the public-private partnership.
Highlighting the significant responsibilities of the health sector to save human lives, he expressed his concerns about the reported new polio cases in the country and resolved the elimination of the disease by utilising all-out resources in collaboration with partners. Sharif also called for carrying out the third-party audit of the laboratories working under the purview of the ministry, besides appointing well-qualified health professionals in the ministry and its allied departments.
Vowing to personally monitor health-related matters, PM Shehbaz also ordered the third-party audit of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and the formulation of a strategy to bifurcate the drug processing from the Authority. Besides, he also instructed outsourcing the human resource of all government hospitals in Islamabad and their waste treatment plants, besides the audit of countrywide nursing schools and colleges.
During the briefing, the prime minister was told that a National Blood Transfusion and Blood Products Policy would be introduced soon, and work on a nursing and midwifery policy framework was in the final stage. It was told that an evening shift was being introduced in the nursing colleges to increase the number of graduates.
Moreover, work on a revised National Action Plan 2025-30 has been started to control the population growth. As the prime minister was told about the installation of new health equipment worth Rs711 million in Islamabad’s hospitals, he instructed the third-party audit of the purchase of the said equipment.
It was further informed that a modern hospital management system would be installed in Islamabad’s hospitals and that waste management plants were operating in the capital city’s five public and four private sector hospitals. The meeting participants were told that a strategy for insulin manufacturing in the country was being formulated.


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