New system of purchase, storage of medicines being introduced: CM

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APP60-23 LAHORE: January 23 – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting regarding Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme and improvement of healthcare system. APP

LAHORE, Jan 23 (APP): Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in a meeting to review the steps taken to improve the healthcare system and expand the scope of the PM National Health Insurance Programme said that a new system of purchase and storage of medicines was being introduced.
The Chairman CM Inspection Team presented the initial investigation report on implantation of sub-standard stents to patents in Mayo Hospital. The meeting also reviewed the public private partnership model for the construction of new hospitals.
Addressing on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that the PM National Health Insurance Programme was a great project and it would be expanded to whole of the Punjab in phases.
He said in the first phase, PM Health Insurance Programme would be expanded to the southern Punjab and all-out resources would be utilized to expand it to all 36 districts, and the Punjab Government would provide all possible resources for the expansion of this programme. He ordered the authorities concerned to prepare a road-map for the PM Health Insurance Programme.
He said, “We have to change the system which provides best health facilities to the rich and the poor die without getting any medical aid.” He said the state was responsible for providing standardized health facilities to the citizens and would discharge this responsibility at any cost.
He said “We have to correct this system and proceed forward in a professional way, it is the time for action, not for rhetoric.”
He said that beds would be obtained in the private hospitals from the resources of Punjab Government to provide health facilities to poor patients.
He ordered the authorities to demarcate the pieces of land for the establishment of hospitals at the divisional headquarters under the public private partnership.
Shehbaz Sharif said a new system was being introduced for the purchase, transportation, distribution and the storage of medicines and with that system based on modern technology embezzlement and corruption would be uprooted so that provision of medicines to the common man could be ensured.
He said the Punjab Government would set up its own warehouses for storage of medicines and get support from the partnership from Health Ministry of Turkey in that regard and by the end of current year, five warehouses would be set up.
He said that all development projects in Punjab were being completed transparently and health projects would be carried out under that strategy. He said for completion of health care system, a cabinet committee had been established which had been provided revolving fund amounting to Rs. 100 million.
He said that there should not be any complaint of non-provision of ventilators in government hospitals. He said that Vice Chancellor King Edwards Medical University would present a report on alleged death of a female patient in the services hospital due to non-availability of ventilator.
He said that a strategy had been evolved to overcome the shortage of nephrologists in government hospitals.
He directed the authorities to pursue uniform strategy regarding the purchase of stents.
CEO Indus Hospital Dr. Abdul Bari said the determination and hard work with which CM Shehbaz Sharif working to reform the health was matchless and that his efforts would produce positive results.
Provincial Ministers Kh. Salman Rafiq, Kh. Imran Nazir, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Advisor Umar Saif, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Health, Health Experts and concerning officers also attended the meeting.