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28/11/22

Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi has decided to establish a state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit in Children's Hospital Lahore for the treatment of children with cancer. Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi made this decision while presiding over an important meeting at Children's Hospital Lahore. Chancellor University of Child Health Sciences Professor Dr. Masood Sadiq, MD Children's Hospital Professor Dr. Muhammad Saleem, Additional Secretary Development Department Specialized Health Care and Medical Education Agha Nabil, Dr. Mehwish Faizan Head of Cancer Department and faculty members participated. Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi reviewed the measures for the treatment of children with cancer during the meeting. During the meeting, Vice Chancellor University of Child Health Sciences, Professor Dr. Masood Sadiq presented valuable suggestions to Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi regarding the treatment of children with cancer. Speaking on this occasion, Punjab Health Secretary Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi said that a very important decision has been taken to establish a radiotherapy unit in the Children's Hospital for the treatment of children with cancer. A summary will be sent to the government to establish a radiotherapy unit in the Children's Hospital Lahore. Vice Chancellor University Of Child Health Sciences Professor Dr. Masood Sadiq has been instructed to prepare a summary for the establishment of a Radiotherapy Unit. After the establishment of a Radiotherapy Unit in Children's Hospital Lahore, the treatment of children with cancer will be possible. Radiotherapy Unit in Children's Hospital Lahore References for the treatment and treatment of children with cancer. After the approval of the summary from the government, modern machinery will also be purchased for the Radiotherapy Unit in the Children's Hospital Lahore.

28/11/22

The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved two development schemes of Public Buildings and Sports Sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 7,493.878 million. These schemes were approved in the 31st meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of the current fiscal year 2022-23. Chairman Planning & Development Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal has joined the meeting through video link.

The approved development schemes included Building Climate Resilience & Disaster Risk Reduction in Punjab at the cost of Rs. 3,993.878 million and Construction of Sports Complex at Newly Created Gujrat Division and Upgradation & Renovation of Zahoor Ilahi Stadium at the cost of Rs. 3,500.000 million.

Provincial Secretary P&D Board Dr. Muhammad Sohail Anwar Chaudhary, 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.

26/11/22

A special anti-polio campaign aimed to inoculate 6.3 million children upto the age of five years will begin in nine districts of Punjab from November 28. The drive will continue for seven days in high-risk districts of Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad while it will conclude after five days in other six districts – Sialkot, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Mianwali, Bahawalpur and Rajanpur.

Provincial Health Minister Dr. Akhtar Malik and Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal presided over a meeting to review the anti-polio campaign and dengue situation in the province, at the Civil Secretariat. The administrative secretaries of various departments and officers concerned attended the meeting whereas all deputy commissioners participated via video link.

Addressing the meeting, Dr. Akhtar Malik said that 100 percent coverage should be ensured in the anti-polio campaign and a report should be sent containing the authentic data regarding the administration of polio vaccine to the missed children. He asked the officers to intensify indoor surveillance and fumigation activities during the next 10 days. Expressing concern over the increase in dengue cases in Multan, the provincial minister directed that immediate steps be taken to prevent dengue in the area.

Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal said that the continuation of collective efforts is necessary for the complete eradication of polio and dengue. He instructed the deputy commissioners to make the anti-polio campaign a success. Dr. Akhtar Malik and Health Secretary Dr. Irshad Ahmed also inaugurated the anti-polio campaign by administering vaccines to children.

Health Secretary Dr. Irshad Ahmed informed the meeting that 18,422 confirmed cases of dengue and 45 deaths have been reported this year. He said that 28,308 cases were registered in the province and 168 people were arrested over violating dengue SOPs.

26/11/22

Provincial Minister for Local Government & Community Development Mian Mahmood-ul-Rashid has said that Lahore Parking Company (LPC) was being given a four-month deadline to improve its performance otherwise it could be closed. He was addressing a meeting chaired by him at the Civil Secretariat. Secretary Local Government Syed Mubasher Hussain, Commissioner Lahore Division Aamir Jan, Chairman of LPC Abid Mir, CEO and other officers were also present on this occasion. In the meeting, the performance of LPC and its outsourcing issues were reviewed in detail. Mian Mahmood-ul-Rashid directed the concerned authorities that measures should be taken to increase the revenue of the company by ending the political interference in its affairs and illegal occupation of the mafia on its parking sites. Secretary Local Government said that initially 10 parking sites would be outsourced, if the experiment would become successful, more sites could be outsourced. He said that the auction process should be made transparent in all respects so that the government gets maximum revenue and quality parking facilities are available to the people. The Commissioner assured that all possible assistance would be provided to end the illegal possession of 22 sites of the company. Abid Mir drew the attention of the meeting to the fact that the staff of the Metropolitan Corporation created unnecessary obstacles for the parking company and also the lack of support from the police against the squatting mafia and illegal elements was a hurdle in improving its performance. He assured that the directives of the Local Government Minister would be fully implemented to make the company a profitable enterprise. Earlier, the CEO briefed that LPC had notified 244 parking sites in the city out of that 170 were made functional. He told that 22 sites were under illegal occupation. He also pointed out that 13 posts of the key staff were lying vacant since long.

25/11/22

Chief Secretary Punjab Abdullah Khan Sumbal has directed the Environment Protection Department to finalize the framework to control air pollution (smog) at the earliest. He gave this directive while presiding over a meeting held to review the measures being taken to control smog, at the Civil Secretariat. The secretaries of relevant departments including local government, health, industries, and officers concerned attended the meeting while all the deputy commissioners participated through video link.

The Chief Secretary said that amendments in the environmental policy and the framework to control air pollution (smog) should be finalized in consultation with experts and stakeholders. He said that the measures taken to control the smog have yielded encouraging results and the situation is better than that of last year, but more work needs to be done. He hoped that the Punjab Green Development Program would prove useful in controlling environmental pollution in the province. He mentioned that work on farm mechanization is underway to prevent incidents of crop residue burning.

Secretary of Environment Protection Department Usman Ali Khan gave a detailed briefing at the meeting. He said that real-time monitoring of the air quality index is being done in Lahore. Due to timely action, there has been a clear reduction in the incidents of stubble burning. He said that in the last two months, 1521 industrial units causing environmental pollution in the province had been sealed, 1172 FIRs registered and fines of more than Rs 50 million had been imposed. In Lahore, 348 industrial units had been sealed and fines of more than Rs 22.6 million had been imposed. He said that 85000 inspections were carried out and 5755 smoke-emitting vehicles had been impounded and 29 cases had been registered over burning garbage.