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January 14, 2018

German experts to extend help in children surgery


January 14, 2018

LAHORE : German experts would extend cooperation for the development of peadiatric surgery in Pakistan especially in Punjab. Collaboration would be extended to enhance the facilities of peads surgery in hospitals and capacity building/training of the doctors.

It was announced in a meeting between a four-member German delegation headed by Prof Claus Peterson and Minister Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education, Khawaja Salman Rafique and Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir jointly, according to a handout issued here on Saturday.

Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah, Primary and Secondary Health Secretary Ali Jan Khan, Children Hospital dean Prof Dr Masood Sadiq, King Edward Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Qazi Saeed, Fatima Jinnah Medical University VC Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof Dr Ahsan Waheed Rathore, Children Hospital Prof of Peads Surgery Dr Saleem, Punjab Public Health Agency Chief Executive Dr Shabnam Sarfraz and other officers also attended the meeting.

Prof Shabnam Sarfraz, Prof Saleem and Prof Masood Sadiq briefed the German delegation on the available facilities of peadretic surgery in Pakistan particularly in the hospitals of Punjab.

They were of the view that the available facilities were not sufficient in relation to the population. They said there was also shortage of peads surgeons in Pakistan.

Kh Imran Nazir said the government wanted to extend peadiatric treatment and surgical facilities to the district and tehsil headquarters hospitals for which work had been started.

Kh Salman Rafique welcomed the German collaboration for the capacity building and training of human resource and strengthening peads surgery facilities in the public sector hospitals.

Najam Ahmed Shah was of the view that collaboration between German experts and Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department would be beneficial to the local experts in their capacity building.

He said that as a result of the initiatives taken by the Specialised Healthcare Department, doctors were coming for specialisation in such specialties which were previously ignored badly.

During their stay in Lahore, the German delegates would visit Children Hospital, Lahore and Sheikhupura District Headquarters Hospital.

They would hold meetings with the VCs of medical universities and high-ups of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. A future strategy and a way forward would be finalised after that.

PHC suspends 23 operation theatres: The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) suspended all kind of surgeries in 23 operation theatres of five hospitals, and issued show-cause notices to 17 health establishments for violating the PHC Act-2010 and not implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS).

Reportedly, the suspended operation theatres included; 10 of Ittefaq Hospital, four of Government Teaching Hospital Shahdarah, three of Sharif Medical City Hospital and one of Life Hospital.

Punjab Healthcare Commission directed the administration of these hospitals to submit laboratory reports assuring that standardised measures had implemented in the theatres.

The hospitals were also served show-cause notices by the commission.

During last two-days, PHC teams inspected 28 hospitals, served show-cause notices to 22 for not implementing the MSDS.

These hospitals included; Services Hospital, Lady Willington Hospital, Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health, Gulab Devi Hospital, Wapda Teaching Hospital, Doctors’ Hospital and Medical Centre, Bahria Town Hospital, Arif Hameed Memorial Teaching Hospital, Zainab Memorial Hospital, Omer Hospital, Layton Rehmat-ullah Benevolent Trust Hospital, Saira Memorial Hospital, Khair-un-Nisa Hospital, Horizon Hospital, Mid City Hospital, Masood Hospital and Farooq Hospital.

A spokesperson for Punjab Healthcare Commission said the administrations of all these hospitals have been directed to appear before the PHC committee to explain the reasons for not implementing the MSDS.

accidents: Ten people were killed and 674 badly injured in total 892 road accidents reported to the Provincial Monitoring Cell of the Punjab Emergency Service/Rescue 1122 from all districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. The injured were removed to hospitals. However, some 353 victims, who sustained minor injuries, were provided with first aid by the emergency medical teams.

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