Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid directed increase in the number of healthcare services provided through Mobile Health Units at a meeting at the Committee Room of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department here on Tuesday. Present in the meeting were Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Captain (retd) Usman Younis, Additional Secretary Development Omar Farooq, MD Punjab Health Facilities Management Company Arshad Usmani, Ahmer Khan and other officials. The Minister reviewed the performance the PHFMC presented by its MD Arshad Usmani. The Minister said the officials of the PHFMC were being given an opportunity to showcase their performance. She said all Mobile Health Units must be fully functional. The Health Minister said, “The Mobile Health Units must visit far and distant areas in Punjab. The PHFMC mist present a balance sheet of all expenses incurred and a complete audit of the accounts shall be initiated. The hiring on vacant positions of PHFMC must be started immediately on merit. The Company is providing services in specified districts and the government is working to improve its performance further. The performance of the PHFMC management team in each district shall be reviewed in detail very soon. The patient referral system shall be used through PHFMC as well as Mobile Health Units. Complete statistics of people utilizing Mobile Health Services must be submitted in detail.” The Minister said that Mobile Health Units shall be used for a number of purposes including routine EPI and Polio vaccination services as well as sample collection for COVID-19. She said Mobile Health Units shall be very effective in increasing immunization coverage in far flung areas and they must be used to maximum advantage. Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Captain (Retd) Usman Younis said that the performance review of PHFMC will be undertaken on a monthly basis and all-out efforts shall be made to ensure merit-based hiring in the Company.
A 2-member delegation of Oreal Ceramics of China consisting of Executive Director Mr Liu Fen Chao and director Mr Wu Jian Bin called on Minister for Industries Mian Aslam Iqbal at industries department. During the meeting, Liu Fen Chao disclosed that their company is investing 70 million dollars in Bhalwal but facing different issues including electricity and gas connection for setting up an industrial unit. The minister directed the concerned officials to immediately solve all the problems relating to the establishment of an industrial unit by the Chinese company and made it clear that no hindrance will be tolerated in the process of investment. The line departments should provide every facility to local and international investors because the promotion of employment opportunity is the priority of the government and this objective can be achieved by rapid industrialization, he added. It is the responsibility of the government to provide required facilities to the investors and complete protection is guaranteed to the investment of foreign investors. Meanwhile, the federal government will also be approached for the solution to the supply of gas and electricity, he added. CEO PIEDMC Javed Ilyas, CEO FIEDMC Aamir Saleemi and Director PBIT Sohail Ahmad also attended the meeting.
Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Lt. Gen. (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office and discussed the progress made on CPEC related projects in Punjab. The proposal of constructing China Centre/CPEC Tower in Lahore was concurred with, and both further agreed to take coordinated steps for the promotion of agricultural research, especially the seed development. The CM said as much as 13 thousand acres of land will be utilized for seed development and other agricultural research purposes. The information desks will be set up in China Centre / CPEC Tower to provide necessary information to local investors about huge Chinese industrial sector under one roof, he said. The government will extend the necessary support to Chinese investors for setting up industries in the province, and they will also be offered several incentives along-with security, he assured. The CM emphasised that transparency and observance of rules should be ensured for the allotment of industrial plots. Similarly, full implementation on guiding principles be ensured for industrial development, he maintained. The CM said feasible recommendations should be presented for the solution of problems of the industrialists. Regulations should be given final shape at the earliest for industrial development as the CPEC has given a new dimension to Pakistan-China relations, he added. Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Bajwa said the speed of work has been accelerated on CPEC projects as its very important for the national economy. Pakistan will also benefit from Chinese expertise in the agriculture sector as it has tremendous growth potential. The completion of CPEC projects will strengthen the national economy, he added. Chairman Board of Investment Pakistan Atif Bukhari and secretary BOI were present along with Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Adviser Dr Salman Shah, Chairman PBIT Sardar Tanvir Ilyas, Chief Secretary, SMBR and Chairman P&D.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said necessary steps have been taken to overcome the spread of coronavirus adding that the decisions made in consultation with the federal government will be strictly implemented. In a statement, the CM appealed to the citizens to wear facemasks in the public. The government is monitoring the situation daily as the number of patients and the death-rate are increasing due to carelessness. 18 patients have died; 630 new cases have been reported during the last 24 hours while the number of active cases has reached to 14225 in the province, the CM added.
Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ejaz Alam Augustine has said that education is a journey from darkness to light for which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is working day and night as educational progress is real progress. He said that in order to achieve the goal of 100 per cent literacy rate, improvement of education standards, training of teachers on modern lines, the curriculum in line with the changing educational are requirements of the changing world, for which our government strives hard for quality of education as considering the prime duty to encourage deserving children. He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony to distribute scholarships worth Rs. 1,380,000 among 49 students belonging to the Christian community at Civil Rest House, Okara on Monday. Ticket holders Chaudhry Muhammad Saleem Sadiq, Chaudhry Abdullah Tahir, Social Worker Qamar Abbas Mughal also distributed scholarship cheques among the students. These scholarships were for MBBS, M.Phil, MSc, MA, BS Honor and others. The provincial minister said in his address that these scholarships are being distributed among the talented and capable students of the district for the fifth time in two years, which is a manifestation of the knowledge-friendly nature of the PTI government under the present government headed by Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. The Government of Punjab using all possible resources for the promotion of education culture and development of the education sector in the province. After that, the provincial minister also attended Mahfil-e-Naat at district education authority office.