Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting which reviewed the steps taken regarding improvement of public health facilities. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that provision of quality and modern health facilities to the patients is top priority of the government and added that steps taken for the improvement of public health facilities are proving fruitful. He said that all out resources will be made available for providing better and quality health facilities to the masses.

He said that Punjab government is forwarding Hepatitis Control Program in an effective manner. He said that Hepatitis Filter Clinic Lahore has started provision of treatment facilities to the patients suffering from liver diseases. He said that after Lahore, such hepatitis filter clinics are being set up in all the districts of the province. He said that talented, professional and high standard human resource should be acquired for these clinics and arrangements be made for modern and quality training of human resource.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the project of setting up of hepatitis filer clinics has to be forwarded with the spirit of service to the ailing humanity. He said that establishment of filter clinics is an excellent step of Punjab government and better treatment will be provided to liver patients with the setting up of these clinics. He said that we have to move forward with hard work and determination for achieving the target of setting up of hepatitis filter clinics. He stressed upon the need of creating awareness among the people regarding causes of spread of hepatitis and protection against it. He said that a vigorous awareness campaign should be launched for this purpose.

The Chief Minister said that decision has been taken for the establishment of cardiac units in different cities and added that rush of patients in cardiology hospitals can be reduced with the setting up of cardiac units. He said that a plan be made regarding establishment of cardiac units and presented. He said that Motorbike Ambulance Service is being launched from all divisional headquarters and added that Patient Transfer Service is also continuing successfully. He said that Ambulance Service Desks have been set up in the hospitals and ambulances of government hospitals have also been handed over to Rescue 1122.

Shehbaz Sharif said that situation of hospitals has improved due to government measures and modern system has been adopted for the provision of quality medicines to the people. He said that substandard and spurious medicines would be eliminated from the province at all costs and added that samples of medicines have been sent abroad for analysis. He said that the scope of Prime Minister National Health Insurance Scheme is being expanded to all the districts of the province and added that under this scheme, treatment facilities will be provided to poor and deserving patients free of cost in government and private hospitals.

Provincial Minister for Health Kh. Salman Rafiq, Advisor Dr. Umer Saif, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Health, Medical experts and concerned officials were present on the occasion while Provincial Minister for Health Kh. Imran Nazir, Chairman Pakistan Liver and Kidney Transplant Institute Dr. Saeed Akhter and Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare participated in the meeting through video link.

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