Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that improvement of health sector and provision of quality healthcare facilities to the masses is among the priorities of the government.
He said that funds of billions of rupees have been given for extending modern health facilities to the people.
He said that comprehensive reforms are being introduced for uplift of health sector and improvement of treatment facilities.
He said that an effective strategy has been evolved to provide medicines and remove shortage of paramedics in far-flung areas.
Shahbaz Sharif said that all out resources have been made available to improve public health facilities and Punjab government will continue to provide funds for this purpose in future as well.
He was addressing to a meeting through video conference from London which reviewed different measures for provision of quality healthcare facilities to the masses.
The Chief Minister said that provision of modern treatment facilities to the masses is the mission of the government and collective efforts are needed for this purpose.
He said that service to ailing humanity is also a form of worship. He said that provision of quality medical facilities to the people of the province is a collective responsibility and all concerned institutions will have to play their due role in this regard.
He said that access to quality healthcare facilities is the basic right of citizens. He said that there is a need to improve the system of production and supply of quality medicines.
He said that all concerned institutions should play an effective role to ensure supply of quality medicines to hospitals while a comprehensive mechanism is needed for storage of drugs.
The Chief Minister said that persons involved in production and sale of spurious drugs are enemies of humanity and indiscriminate crackdown should be continued against such elements.
He said that no leniency will be shown to such elements as are playing with the lives of people and those involved in this heinous trade should be behind the bars.
Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of quality medicines to patients is the responsibility of government; therefore, indiscriminate legal action should be taken against those involved in the production and sale of spurious and substandard drugs.
He said that multidimensional steps will have to be taken for improving healthcare services so that better treatment facilities could become available to citizens.
The Chief Minister said that a state-of-the-art Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre is being set up in the provincial metropolis and this project will tremendously improve public health facilities.
He said that modern treatment facilities for kidney and liver diseases will become available to patients under one roof with the completion of the project.
He said that Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research center will be a unique institution of its kind in the country and the project will be a milestone with regard to public health facilities. -Business Recorder