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15/01/22

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said here on Saturday that the breast cancer treatment unit is part of the Ganga Ram Mother and Child block. The Health Minister called up a meeting of the project implementing team at the Fatima Jinnah Medical Univrsity to monitor progress. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Amir Zaman Khan, MS Ganga Ram Hospital Dr. Athar, Chief Engineer C&W and other officials. The Minister reviewed the Master plan and the project director shared progress. The Health Minister said, "New departments have been added based on need assessment. Waiting area for attendants is being developed. Facility of private rooms will be available and modern water and electrification  system is being developed. Most modern security system is also being introduced. Special counter for the Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat card will be set up. A study room for students is part of the plan. A proper parking facility is also being set up. This project shall be completed as per deadline."

15/01/22

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid distributed Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat cards among residents of Abbot Road and Sanda areas here on Saturday. Present at Abbot Road  were Mian Tanveer, Rubina, Omar Salahuddin whereas the Sanda event was attended by Syed Hassan Shah, Kashif Kashmiri, Deewan Mohayuddin, and a large number of local residents. The residents of the area received Dr. Yasmin Rashid with flower bouquets. The Health Minister said, "Prime Minister Imran Khan has provided best quality healthcare services to people through Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat card. Health is a great blessing and every family of Punab deserves good quality services. In the first phase 30 percent of the population living below the poverty line were given Sehat cards. All residents of seven districts of Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan Divisions got cards in 2021.  Over 70,000 families have availed eye treatment facility. Now people no longer will have to stay in long queues for cardiac treatment. Overall 50,000 beds have been added in private hospitals of Punjab. Private hospitals have been empanelled along with government hospitals. Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat Card holders can get health insurance coverage of up to Rs.1 million at over 50 private  hospitals of Lahore. No past government thought of facilitating the common man. In order to provide best quality services, 23 hospitals are being developed across the province. The 600 bedded Mother and Child Hospitals will be complete very soon. In the last 70 years, no major scale up plan has been implemented for Ganga Ram hospital. Three new emergencies are being developed at General Hospital, Services Hospital, and Jinnah Hospital. Every family head is being given Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat Sahulat card. Widows and divorced women will get cards as well. Thalassemia patients are also given health insurance. No one can be happier about the provision of free health services to people than the government. So far Hameed Latif hospital Lahore has provided cardiac treatment to over 500 patients under Sehat card. Through this card everyone is getting free treatment with dignity. Best quality health services are the responsibility of the government. We are spending public money on the public alone. We spent around 14 billion rupees for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Punjab has procured a vaccine worth Rs. 3 billion. By the blessings of the Almighty Corona Pandemic hit Pakistan much less than many other countries of the world. Even in our neighborhood the Pandemic played havoc with lives.  Punjab has added over 48000 human resources in three years and another 10,000 people will be hired  in the next three months. By good Corona Control efforts, we are now able to open educational institutes. Our focus is on health and education. By efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the entire population is being given Naya Pakistan Sehat Sahulat cards. People can lodge complaints through the Sehat Card app as well. Cards are being given to the entire population despite unnecessary criticism by the Opposition. Prime Minister Imran Khan set up an institution like the NCOC. The WHO has appreciated Pakistan for the health insurance of the entire population. The Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat Card app also has all necessary information available.``

12/01/22

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar met at the Governor House and agreed to intensify the ongoing measures for the development and prosperity of the people of the province. Governor Punjab appreciated the efforts of CM Usman Buzdar in providing insaf cards in the province. Both termed opposition parties' obstacles to hinder economic development as undemocratic and added that the government was not going anywhere. The PTI government led by PM Imran Khan would complete its term. Governor Ch Sarwar advised the political opponents to avoid point-scoring on every issue. March 2022 and March 2023 will also pass but the government will prevail. Opposition must give priority to national interests, he added. He said the purpose of every project including the sehat insaf card is to provide relief to the people. CM Usman Buzdar enunciated that the agenda of the opposition was to save its swag. The opposition has lost its repute and the people are with PM Imran Khan, he noted. The dream of elections before 2023 would not be fulfilled and the government would continue to counter negative politics with public service, he added.

 
12/01/22

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between the prisons department, Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency and Telephone Industries of Pakistan at his office Wednesday to solarize the prisons under the energy service company model. A 35-megawatt solar power plant would be installed for this purpose. The MoU was signed by IG Prisons Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig, CEO Telephone Industries of Pakistan Syed Amir Javed and MD Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency Abdul Rehman. Talking on this occasion, the CM said the solarization would ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity in jails. This would help in significant savings in electricity bills while ensuring prisons' security, he noted. Meanwhile, the solarization of universities has been started while the solarization of other educational institutions was also in progress as the remotely situated schools and BHUs in south Punjab were being shifted to solar energy, he mentioned. Provincial Minister for Energy Dr Akhtar Malik, chairman P&D, Principal Secretary to the CM, irrigation secretary and others were also present.

12/01/22

Chairman Planning and Development Board Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal gave a press briefing about budget utilization after completing six success months of the current financial year. He apprised the media about the ongoing development projects with the use of funds. He also said that the total budget of Punjab has been increased from 560 billion to 646 billion which is historically the biggest development budget of Punjab. 170 billion has been spent on various development projects. P&D has targeted all departments on the use of funds and will ensure the use of funds up to Rs 200 billion in the current month, he added. While briefing to the media, Chairman P&D Board said that Rs 104 billion has been released and Rs 49 billion has been spent on new schemes. There are currently 4433 new schemes and more than 3000 existing schemes in the province. The P&D health sector has so far released Rs 60 billion. He also said that departments that are slow to use the funds are directed to utilize on fast track. He, while discussing the progress of the Planning & Development Board said that out of 238 schemes, 170 schemes have been approved at the Provincial Development Forum. The government is keen to work on Punjab Public Private Partnership and a budget of Rs 25 billion has been set aside for public-private partnership this year. He further added that the government is committed to the maximum completion of schemes and therefore 52 PDWP meetings have been held in P&D so far.