Govt taking concrete measure to provide health facilities in ICT: Tariq

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (APP): Minister for Capital Administration and  Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Monday said the  government was taking concrete measures for providing health and  education facilities to the people of the Islamabad Capital Territory  (ICT).
Speaking on a motion in the Senate, he said the government was spending Rs 7 billion for up-gradation of educational facilities to  promote quality education in the federal capital.
He said efforts were being made to improve existing health facilities and as part of such efforts, work had been completed on state-of-the-art cardiology centre and burn unit at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.
He said a Dental College was being attached to the PIMS, which would go a long way in supplementing its health services for people.He said Polyclinic was being expanded and its capacity would rise to
1100 from 545 beds. Similarly, he said a new hospital was being built in G-13 while 600-bed Islamabad General Hospital had already been built.
Twelve basic health centers and four rural health centers were being
upgraded, he added.
Tariq Fazal said measures were being taken to effectively tackle the
Swine Flue disease, besides putting in place an effective monitoring system to ensure quality services for patients in the hospitals.
Earlier, Senator Chaudhry Tanveer Khan underlined the need for making
concerted efforts to build more hospitals in order to provide more medical facilities to people of the ICT.
He proposed the House to constitute a committee to oversee affairs of
the hospitals in the federal capital.
Senator Col Syed Tahir Hussain Mashahdi said the government was
focussing on mega projects but least attention was given to crucial sectors of education and health.
He was of the view as population increased, medical facilities had gone
short and could not cater to the needs of the people of federal capital.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that specialized clinics
should be built and that number of doctors be increased with provision of good packages to them.
Senator Javed Abbasi said after 1985, no big hospital had been built
in public sector while treatment in hospitals of private sector was costly.
He said a state-of-the-art hospital in public sector was need of the
time while vacant posts of doctors in exiting hospitals should be filled.
Usman Kakar said there was no trauma centre in any government hospital
of the federal capital. He asked the government to allocate more funds for health facilities.
Senator Rehman Malik said there should be equality in provision of
medical facilities to the poor and the rich. He said hospitals should be equipped with modern facilities to effectively tackle diseases like Swine Flue.