Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi gave a go-ahead to upgrade emergency wards of all the public hospitals all over Punjab and announced the provision of free-of-cost medicines for emergency patients. CM also approved upgrading the Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology (WIC) by increasing more beds in the hospital.
The decision to extend the former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Health Card program in a further improved manner was made during a meeting chaired by CM Parvez Elahi at the Chief Minister’s Office.
Addressing the meeting, the CM underlined the right of patients to be facilitated with free medicines during emergencies.
With regard to the WIC, Punjab CM announced the total number in the institute would be raised up to 400. He further stated that the lack of doctors in the WIC, particularly anesthesiologists, and paramedics would be mitigated shortly besides giving special allowance to the anesthesiologists in order to attract them to be a part of the institute. He also discussed the construction of residences on available land of the institute for the facilitation of doctors and paramedics.
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Moreover, the CM ordered the concerned executives to initiate a special program to improve the capacity-building of doctors. He emphasized that the file work should be accelerated so as to bring the best health facilities to the people of the province. A detailed review was also carried out during the meeting regarding the improvement in the health department along with the facilitation of the best treatment facilities for the people of Punjab.
The meeting was also attended by Former health minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, former principal secretary to CM GM Sikandar, former chairman P&D Salman Ghani, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, secretary of health, the chairman P&D, the head of Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology, DG Rescue 1122 and other concerned officials.
Furthermore, the CM also expressed his heartfelt condolences over the loss of precious human lives because of the fall of the wall of a mosque in Jhelum.