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November 3, 2018

‘Four mother, child hospitals to be established in Punjab’


November 3, 2018

LAHORE : A consultative workshop has presented its recommendations for formulation of workable new health policy.

“Huge population is a big issued in the country. Nothing can be changed if we do not focus on family planning” said the experts. Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and Population Welfare Minister Col (r) Muhammad Hashim Doggar co-chaired the workshop. Health Secretary Saqib Zaffer and eminent scholars from different walks of life were also present.

“Preventive medical healthcare is the fundamental need of any change in health facilities. Ever-increasing population is a severe challenge for resources. Marriages in premature age badly disturb health structure; government should consider Iranian model of counselling before wedding”, recommended the participants in the workshop.

They also noted that by improving mother and child health, many targets of general health could be achieved. Moreover, a strong political will was necessary for strengthening the health sector, they said.

Dr Yasmin Rashid in her key address announced that Punjab government would establish four mother and child hospitals at Attock, Mianwali, Bhakkar and Rajinpur. “Despite law and order situation, we are sitting here to find out new arenas for improvement in health sector. No matter how worse is the situation, we would only think about betterment of our people. This consultative workshop is a preamble of new health policy”, she said. She also said that health insurance schemes would be launched in December and each health card holder family would be provided with health coverage of Rs 370,000. The health minister also announced the revival of lady health workers cadre.

Col (R) Hashim Doggar, commending the commitment of Dr Yasmin Rashid, said that he never saw such a brave and hard working woman throughout his life.

The minister also pledged that both health and population welfare departments would work jointly for the success of the family planning schemes. He also appreciated that Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo motu of family planning issue.

“We would implement the directions passed by the honourable court in letter and spirit” he said. Health Secretary Saqib Zaffer said, “Today is the first step forward for formulation of new health policy. Although challenges are so complex, with determination and strong will, we would be able to achieve targets,” he said.

PU apartments: Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad on Friday inaugurated 12 newly-constructed residential apartments for teachers at New Campus. Resident Officer-I Jalil Tariq, Resident Officer-II Malik Muhammad Zahir, faculty members and others were present on the occasion.

PMS officers protest: The officers of Provincial Management Service (PMS) on Friday continued their protest on a fifth day across the province to press for their demands. They also wore black armbands during the working hours. According to a PMS Officers Association spokesman, the token protest is being held across the country on the call of All Pakistan PMS Officers Association. He said the PMS officers would discharge their official work while wearing black armbands.

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