Bifurcation of health department to improve patient care

LAHORE: Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafique has said the main objective of bifurcating the health department into two separate departments is to bring improvement by focusing on the governance and managerial issues.

He said significant improvement had been observed at primary and secondary level hospitals as presence of doctors, nurses, availability of medicines, cleanliness issues and functioning of equipment had improved significantly.

He said the consultative conference of experts had been convened to seek recommendations for improving functioning of teaching hospitals.

He said this while addressing an consultative seminar of medical teachers, health experts, health managers, IT experts and notables of different fields to seek recommendations for improving healthcare and urbanize healthcare, at a local hotel.

The seminar was organized by the Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, Health Department. Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah, Head of Chief Minister Special Monitoring Cell Aizaz Akhter, member Health P&D Dr Shabana Haider, officers of both the health departments, Principals and Medical Superintendents of public as well as private sectors medical colleges and the hospitals, officers of Punjab Healthcare Commission, Health Managers, IT experts,representatives of Pharmaceutical industries, Dean IPH, representatives of WHO and other international partners attended the conference.