Medical help for IDPs: Federal hospitals asked to mobilise resources

Published: July 8, 2014
A file photo of internally displaced persons. PHOTO: PPI

A file photo of internally displaced persons. PHOTO: PPI


State Minister Usman Ibrahim has directed the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Polyclinic and National Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine administrations to mobilise all available resources to extend medical help to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Ibrahim, who was recently appointed as the minister for the Capital Administration Development Division (CADD), issued the directives at a meeting on Monday, said a press release.

The meeting was told that Pims has already dispatched two mobile hospitals comprising an operation theatre of six beds, toilets, medicines and 65 staff including doctors and nurses to Bannu. Furthermore, 15 quarters and a makeshift apartment have also been arranged for senior staff to carry out relief work.

The meeting was also informed that command and control systems have been established at CADD and Pims to monitor all relief activities. A committee has also been formed to conduct weekly audit of relief activities to  be submitted to the prime minister.

The minister lauded the Pims staffers’ performance and announced bonuses of one month’s salary for all Pims staff working in Bannu.

He also directed CADD officials to ensure a proper need assessment is carried out to provide the required items to the IDPs as soon as possible.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2014.

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