Lahore, March 28, 2017 (PPI-OT):Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here today presided over a high level meeting in which progress on the improvement of the healthcare system and provision of better medical facilities to the people was discussed. The chief minister approved the purchase of incinerators for 36 districts. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said speedy measures are being taken to provide better healthcare facilities to the people and we are all responsible for providing comfort to the distressed people. He said a comprehensive program has been made to provide medicines to the patients at their homes and under the first phase of this program hepatitis patients will be provided medicines at their homes.
He said measures should be reviewed to provide medicines to the heart patients at their houses and immediate measures should be taken in this regard. He said this program is great service to patients and it will also reduce rush in hospitals and this patients-friendly program should be completed at fast track in the shortest possible time. He said the Punjab government is establishing a modern warehouse to store medicines as per international standards and the cold chain management system is being introduced in this regard.
He said effective measures are being taken for the infection control program in hospitals and with the installation of incinerators hospital waste will be discarded in an effective manner and private hospitals will be made duty bound to dump their waste properly. He said samples of medicines will be tested from foreign labs and the government will take every possible measure to provide standardized medicines to the people. He said the government is providing standardized medicines to the people and is spending Rs. 6 billion annually to provide free medicines to the people.
He said the modern drugs testing lab in Lahore is totally functional and paperless system is functioning there. He said speedy measures are being taken to make functional drugs testing labs in four big cities. Provincial minister Khawaja Salman Rafique participated in the meeting via video link from Rawalpindi. Provincial minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, adviser Dr. Umer Saif, secretary finance, commissioner Punjab Healthcare Commission, DG Punjab Forensic Science Agency, secretary primary and secondary health and other concerning officials were also present on the occasion.
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