Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar visited LDA office at Johar Town Lahore today. CM Punjab under Clean and Green Programme planted a sapling in the LDA office lawn and also launched tree plantation campaign. He inaugurated mobile application “Go Green” being prepared by LDA in order to supervise the growth and reproduction of plants. Usman Buzdar while talking on this occasion said that “Go Green” is a commendable step of LDA. It is our collective responsibility to look after and take care of plants. The “Clean and Green Pakistan” campaign is ongoing across the province, he added. We are also fully focused on paying attention to other government affairs besides overcoming coronavirus pandemic, he emphasized. He further maintained that he held comprehensive and productive discussions with Chinese doctors with regard to adopting precautionary and preventive measures to save the masses from the dangers of coronavirus. We will fully benefit ourselves from the successful Chinese model, he vowed. Through “Go Green” application LDA will conduct geo mechanic process of plants being planted in controlled areas. By adopting this mechanism the presence of plants and their reproduction condition will be observed and overseen. It will also be known through “Go Green” application that at which place fruit bearing, flower carrying or any other plant has been planted, he added. Citizens can also conduct geo-tagging of plants by planting them through “Go Green” application. Usman Buzdar further stated that LDA has also been assigned the target of planting three lac saplings by 15th April in their controlled areas. One lac fruit bearing plants of java plum, guava and mango will be planted while neem, sukh chaain and other two lac anti-allergy saplings will also be planted. “Go Green” application has been prepared by Director Computer Services Abdul Basit Qamar and GIS Specialist Muahammad Irfan alongwith other team members. Meanwhile, Usman Buzdar chaired a high level meeting at LDA office in which matters pertaining to progress being made on LDA projects, steps to provide maximum facilities to the citizens and future line of action came under review. Usman Buzdar while addressing the participants stated that LDA has postponed the payments to be paid by the citizens by 30th April in the wake of coronavirus pandemic and this step has been taken to grant relief to the citizens. He further announced that the construction of steel bridge in front of Jinnah Hospital will soon be completed and by launching LDA Insaaf Web Portal App citizens will not have to face the hassle of frequently visiting the offices. He further directed that in order to receive online applications of citizens the Insaaf portal will be completed at the earliest so that citizens can easily submit their applications by sitting at home. He further announced that foundation stone of Firdaus Market Underpass will be laid by the end of this month. This project will cost rupees two billion. He said that the process of obtaining completion certificate has been made easy and convenient. Usman Buzdar directed that such a mechanism should be formulated in LDA in which due work of citizens and their grievances can be done and redressed without any recommendation. The usage of latest technology will prove to be beneficial for attaining this objective. Signal free corridor will be constructed form Barkat Market to Jinnah Hospital. Usman Buzdar directed that the project of elevated expressway from Gulberg to Babu Sabu Motorway should be reviewed to be constructed in collaboration with the public-private partnership. Prime Minister Imran Khan will be requested for the construction of elevated expressway from Shahdrah to Kala Shah Kaku on the GT Road. He further directed that the stalled construction work project to be completed for improving the drainage system at Lawrence Road and Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam should be restarted without delay before the arrival of monsoon. He further maintained that other development authorities are also urged to take up more effective measures for providing facilitation to the masses like LDA. LDA will be made a role model for other development authorities of the province.
He further apprised that under clean and green programme of Prime Minister Imran Khan, LDA will plant 60 lac new saplings in the city. He further directed that the project to plant 60 lac saplings will be completed during one year. He said that as a result of the package granted by Prime Minister Imran Khan in the construction sector and owing to savings amounting to rupees 52 crore in the development projects of LDA, the repair and construction projects should be undertaken on priority basis. The repair and construction projects will be completed on priority basis under the auspices of LDA and public welfare projects will also be timely completed. He also said that it is essential to install road signs on the roads for the guidance of citizens. He also directed to expedite the work of installing road signs on the roads. He further exhorted LDA officers and other staff members to deliver, give results and in return they will receive his full support. Every work should be done which is needed to provide maximum relief to the masses. Usman Buzdar further stated that in order to resolve traffic congestion problem at Shahkam Chowk, flyover project construction work should be started at the earliest, while the land connected with old vegetable market from Arfa Karim Tower will also be utilized in the best possible manner. Maximum facilities will be provided to the citizens of Lahore and New projects of water supply and sewerage will also be launched in Lahore. Hee further urged that LDA will have to take a lead with regard to providing excellent service delivery to the masses. DG LDA Ahmed Aziz Tarar gave a detailed briefing about LDA projects, steps taken for providing facilities to the citizens and about future line of action to be taken up by LDA. Provincial Minister Housing Mian Mahmood-Ur-Rasheed, Vice Chairman LDA SM Imran. MPA Sadia Sohail Rana, MPA Uzma Kardar, Additional Chief Secretary Urbanization and Infrastructure Tahir Khursheed, Secretary Finance, Secretary Housing, DG LDA Ahmed Aziz Tarar, Secretary Information, Vice Chairman WASA Sheikh Imtiaz Mahmood, Chairman PHA Yasir Gillani, Engineer Amir Riaz Qureshi and senior officers also attended the meeting.
Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan has said that field hospitals for corona patients are being established across the province on the pattern of Expo Centre Lahore and two similar health facilities would be functional in Rawalpindi and Jhelum within next three days. He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting at camp office. The meeting reviewed measure to curb spread of coronavirus, SOPs for companies in construction sector and strategy to send pilgrims to their hometowns. Inspector General of Police Shoaib Dastgir, Commissioner Lahore Saif Anjum and officers concerned were present on the occasion. The Chief Secretary said that all resources are being utilized to contain the spread of coronavirus in the province, adding that protection of people as well doctors and paramedics is priority of the Punjab government. He also issued instructions to officers to submit their suggestions to finalize a strategy about construction industry. The meeting was briefed that process of quarantine and testing of pilgrims in Dera Ghazi Khan and Multan has been completed and those to be tested negative for coronavirus would be sent to their hometowns whereas others would be quarantined for more 14 days. The Commissioner Rawalpindi Division said that arrangements have been finalized in Rawalpindi to quarantine the passengers coming from Canada and other countries. The meeting also decided that in the wake of COVID-19 threat, Christian community would be contacted in connection with celebrations of Easter and Good Friday. The IG Punjab asked regional and district police officers to ensure safety of officials performing duties related to coronavirus. He also directed policemen to deal citizens with politely.
The team of Chinese experts started training of Pakistani doctors on COVID-19 case detection, prevention and clinical management at the King Edward Medical University under the supervision of Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid here on Sunday. Present at the occasion were Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Silwat Saeed, CEO Mayo Hospital Professor Asad Aslam Khan, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan, Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Professor Javed Akram, Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences Professor Mehmud Ayaz, Principal Ameeruddin Medical College Professor Sardar Al Farid, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Professor Arif Tajammul, President Pakistan Medical Association Dr. Ashraf Nizami, Vice Chancellor Faisalabad Medical University Professor Zafar Ali Chaudhry, Vice Chancellor Nishter Medical University Professor Mustafa Kamal and a large number of faculty members and doctors deputed for treatment of Corona patients. The Chinese experts led by Mr. Minghui held technical sessions. Mr Li Fengsen, Lu Dongmei, Song Yunlin, Enwer Nasiroula, Zhang Li, Meng Cunren and Liu Wanli delivered lectures on their respective areas of expertise and shared experience of controlling the Pandemic in Wuhan, China. The shared their experience on containment strategies, signs and symptoms and lessons learnt on care for critically ill patients. The Chinese experts emphasized that Social Distancing and isolation of confirmed and suspected patients is the key.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid thanked the Chinese government for sending their experts to Pakistan. She welcomed the Chinese team and said Punjab doctors are keen to learn from the experience of the Chinese. Dr. Yasmin Rashid said: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Iran Khan, important decisions are being made. Although we are increasing the number of beds and ventilators, yet we have learnt that Social Distancing and stopping the transmission is the key to controlling the disease. The people of Pakistan and the government are jointly fighting this battle. It is a positive development that people are returning to their homes from Multan Quarantine center.”
Punjab has started delivery of ration supply to labourers and daily wagers with an IT-based data development, said Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid here on Friday. The Minister met key philanthropists and partners to review the status of ration supply to the marginalized population in Punjab in the wake of Corona restrictions at the Deputy Commissioner office. Executive Director Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib, Professor Hussain Jaffery and technical officials from the Punjab Information Technology Board attended the meeting along with other officials. Akhuwat, one of world’s largest interest free micro finance and Social Development organizations, has already started a program for ration supply to the marginalized. The PITB gave briefing on the development of an app for registration and development of the database which will help government identify the deserving people. The government is also working in collaboration with Akhuwat which already has a rich database of the labourers and peddlars. The Minister said that the Punjab government plans to provide supplies and essentials to the labourers and street vendors as long as the crisis goes. The Minister said, “The objective of these efforts is provide relief to the labourers who have suffered most due to restrictions. We are fully aware of the problems of our people. We are trying our best to provide relief to the needy. We are constituting a coordination committee to ensure the supplies of rations. I am extremely thankful to the welfare organizations for their efforts to support the needy. At the same time, we are making all out efforts to combat the Corona threat.”
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inspected the quarantine centres set up in Sohdra area of Wazirabad tehsil in Gujranwala and Cadet College Jhelum near Dina. He inspected both the facilities and announced to set up field hospitals for coronavirus patients at divisional level in Punjab. Abundant resources have been provided for dealing with the pandemic and funds will also be provided on a priority basis in future for this purpose, he assured. The CM asserted that a most transparent system has been devised to facilitate the daily wagers and government is standing with the masses in this hour of trial. He pointed out that 1000-bed field hospital has been installed at Expo Center, Lahore in a short period. Those who are doing politics over this pandemic are not loyal to the nation as it is the time to unite the people, he added. He reaffirmed that people will not be left alone adding that those who have done this, are now limited to the issuance of statements.
The CM was briefed that the quarantine centre of Muslims Hands Educational Complex Sohdra can accommodate 500 patients and necessary facilities have been arranged according to the devised SOPs. Similarly, one thousand beds have also been arranged in Gujrat for providing treatment facility to the affected people. 11000 inhabitants have been identified in Gujranwala through track trace tests and screening of 3933 is also conducted. Different facilities are being provided to 700 people who are confined to their residences through a street lockdown. Meanwhile, the expatriate families and those in contact with them are being regularly screened, the CM was further told. The chief minister also inspected the 120-bed quarantine centre at Cadet College Jhelum where he was told that coronavirus has been confirmed in 28 patients in Jhelum. 1327 others, who came from abroad, were again screened. Arrangements have been made to keep 552 patients in isolation and this facility will be increased to 1022 beds. Talking on this occasion, the CM told that screening of all the people coming from abroad has been ordered and geotagging of their residencies will also be done. Timely steps have been taken by the Punjab government to secure the lives of the citizens and this pandemic will be defeated through joint efforts, he added. Provincial ministers Dr Yasmeen Rashid, Mian Mahmood-ur-Rashid, ACS (Urbanization and Infrastructure) and others were also present.