Dean Institute of Public Health , Prof. Dr. Zarfishan Tahir has said that with a view to strengthen the educational systems in the institute, improvement in training and research programs , to get benefit from the latest developments in health sector at international level , IPH would welcome cooperation and support of private/corporate sector. She stated this while briefing after a meeting held between the former Governor Punjab and the Chairman Board of Management IPH Lt. Gen.( R) Khalid Maqbool and the Chief Executive of a private sector organization, D-Sign, Islamabad, Zubair Ahmad Shad here at IPH. Director Finance D-Sign Khalid Riwan and the faculty members of the institute were also present in the meeting. Dr. Zarfishan further informed that D-Sign would also ensure arranging orientation seminars, symposiums, questions & answers sessions for Post graduate students doctors and allied health professionals students of diploma classes in IPH. Senior consultants/ experts would also extend technical support for preparation of training and research modules. D-sign also bring Research Projects for IPH from private sectors. On this occasion, Lt. Gen. (R) Khalid Maqbool said that IPH is already in close contacts with international as well as national educational institutions and organizations like WHO, LUMS and UVAS for the improvement of Public Health and prevention of disease and research work. He said that cooperation and support from private / corporate sector organization D- sign to the IPH in the field of medical education and research would be highly appreciated. Chief executive D-sign Zubair Ahmad Shad informed that his organization is working with different public sector medical institutions in Islamabad as well as in other provinces for health sector's development and it would be an honor for D-Sign Private, Islamabad to initiate joints programs with IPH. At the end of the meeting the chairman BoM, IPH, Khalid Maqbool and chief executive D-sign Zubair Ahmad signed a letter of understanding to carry out a way forward to materialize the commitments of collaboration/cooperation by both the organizations.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid reviewed measures to make functional the Mobile Health Units in a meeting at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education department here on Wednesday. Present in the meeting were Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imrran Sikander Baloch, Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Ahmed Javed Qazi, Additional Secretary Saira Omar, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Dr. Naeem Majeed and other officials. Additional Secretary Saira Omar gave briefing to the Health Minister on making functional the Mobile Health Units. The Health Minister said, “The responsibility of Mobile Health Units is being entrusted to Punjab Health Facilities Management Company. These mobile units have played significant role in mass vaccination of people. Basic health services shall be provided to people at their doorsteps through these Units. The first aid services, medicines and vaccine shall be provided to citizens. We can extend health services to far flung areas through Mobile Health Units. Secretary P&SHD shall personally monitor the performance of the Mobile Health Units. We want to make the Units extremely useful for people. We will review and monitor the quality and utility of services provided through the Mobile Health Units.”
The provincial minister for population welfare Col. Rtd. Hashim Dogar has said that the problem of rising population is included in the priorities of government. Premier Imran Khan has also taken keen interest in the matter from the very first day. He was addressing a policy and consultative round table session on population. The minister said that special task forces on population at provincial level have been formulated. The session was organised by planning and development board, GOP and non government organization Pathfinder. The session was attended by the representatives from various government and NGOs. The experts showed their concerns with regard to decline in the usage of contraceptives and it's consequences. While talking to the participants of table session, Col. Rtd. Hashim Dogar uttered that if we let this issue unattended then the population of Punjab will be double in the coming years. Buzdar government has doubled the budget of population welfare after apprising the sensitivity of this issue. All private sector organizations who deal with this matter must come up with practicable projects, this incumbent government will never hesitate to invest in them. As, cooperation of non government organizations is irreparable for the solution of this serious mounting issue.
The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved five development schemes of various sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 3,022.361 million. These schemes were approved in the 28th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2021-22 presided over by Chairman Planning & Development Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal. The approved development schemes included Comprehensive Sewerage, Drainage and Water Supply System in Gujrat City at the cost of Rs. 1,000.000 million, Advocacy Campaign Leading to Call of Action-Social and Behaviour Change at the cost of Rs. 681.575 million, Strengthening of Integrated Supply Chain Management Information for Accurate Commodity Forecast, Supply Planning & Visibility at the cost of Rs. 857.772 million, Feasibility Study of Establishment of University of Technology, Rawalpindi at the cost of Rs. 21.000 million and Construction of Women Development Complex at the cost of Rs. 462.014 million. All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries of concerned departments, and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.
The Punjab government has intensified the crackdown on smuggling of sugar, seizing a huge quantity of the sweetener that was being transported to Quetta illegally. The Food Department foiled the bid to transport 900 maunds of sugar to Quetta from JDW Sugar Mills (Unit-1) Rahim Yar khan. On report of the Special Branch, a team comprising food department and police officials caught the Truck No. TKK-686 carrying a huge quantity of sugar at a toll plaza near Chachran Sharif. An interrogation is underway from the arrested truck driver namely Ismail, resident of Takhatani bypass Quetta.