Saira Afzal discusses health projects, politics with Shehbaz

LAHORE, Mar 08 (APP):Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday and discussed with him different health projects and political issues.
The chief minister said on the occasion that a positive change had been witnessed in the working environment of public sector hospitals in the Punjab province due to the steps taken for bringing about improvements in the health sector. “Increase in the number of patients in public sector hospitals shows strong public confidence in the Punjab government,” he added.
He said that hospitals and health centres were being upgraded in phases across the province, while free treatment facilities had been provided to patients of kidney and liver at the Pakistan Kidney & Liver Transplant Institute.
He termed the establishment of state-of-the-art burns units in Jinnah Hospital Lahore and other big cities a historic step. He said that provision of the best doctors along with international standard treatment facilities for surgery in Surgical Tower of Mayo Hospital Lahore was an important achievement of the government. He said that provision of CT scan machines and quality medicines to patients in district headquarters hospitals had truly benefited the patients. He said that innovative steps like launch of mobile health units, motorbikes ambulance service and introduction of ambulance service for expecting women of rural areas had no example in the country.
Meanwhile, he said, the launch of health card was another ray of hope for the needy people in the province and if Allah Almighty provided them another opportunity after the next elections, more mega health projects would be launched for the people, concluded the CM.
The federal minister termed the health sector reforms in Punjab a welcome step and added that credit of the reforms goes to Shehbaz Sharif.