Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed that special attention be paid to modernization and organized operation of hospitals, especially the newly established health centers.
He was chairing a meeting on the upgradation of health sector in Punjab in Islamabad today (Wednesday).
The Prime Minister said partnership with the private sector in the health sector and its encouragement is top priority of the government and every possible facility will be provided in this regard. He directed Punjab Government to encourage private sector partnership for the improvement in the health system. He mentioned the measures taken by the federal government regarding concessions in import of machinery for hospitals and provision of evacuee property on concessional rates to hospitals and educational institutions.
Imran Khan said it is unfortunate that availability of quality healthcare facilities was neglected in the past, especially in the less developed areas of Punjab. He emphasized on paying special attention to maternal and childcare health centers as these facilities are inadequate in these areas. He said special focus should be made on construction of quality health facilities and hospitals in the province as well as better management of existing hospitals and provision of facilities in them.
The Prime Minister was briefed that nursing colleges, maternity and child hospitals are being established at various cities like Gujranwala, Lahore, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Layyah, Rajanpur, Attock, Mianwali, Chakwal and Nursing colleges at total cost of 80-90 billion rupees to provide better health facilities to the people of Punjab. It was told that around 17 billion rupees will be spent on them this year, which requires federal government’s support.
The Prime Minister was also briefed about various projects to improve irrigation system and water resources of the province.
Source: Radio Pakistan