Punjab Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that the Punjab government has sufficient stock of vaccine and medicines used for the treatment of Swine Flu and the citizens should not panic as this is a curable disease.

Talking to the journalists here on Thursday, he added that the spread of Flu was not Swine Flu as it was normal influenza (H1N1) and its virus circulated with the change of weather and the patients should be admitted to the hospital immediately after appearance of influenza symptoms. He told the journalists that experts were working to trace the cause of spread of Swine Flu and 1,000 samples taken from different chicken farms and other birds tested negative.

He revealed that the Punjab Government had decided to launch health insurance policy for poor patients in four districts of Punjab in first phase. “These districts include Rajanpur, Layyah, Chakwal and Hafizabad. The government intends to implement this policy in entire province in next phases,” he added.

To a question on non-availability of hepatitis injections, he disclosed that the Punjab government possessed plenty of hepatitis injections and the hurdles in way of supply of injections to Nishtar and other hospitals would be removed soon. He declared that the recruitment for the emergency block of Multan Institute of Cardiology would be launched very soon.

He told the journalists that a state-of-the-art cancer hospital was being constructed in Lahore at a cost of Rs20 billion. He added that 2,800 newly recruited doctors were sent to rural health centres while the shortage of consultant doctors at teaching hospital would also be made up for in next few months. 

Earlier, the Nishtar Hospital administration demanded the Punjab Government to supply more ventilators for the treatment of Swine Flu patients and approve recruitment of staff for the hospital. The Adviser on Health assured the Nishtar administration that ventilators from those hospitals where anaesthetists were not available would be sent to Nishtar.

BZU RESULTS: The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan has announced result of BA/BSc Supplementary Examination, 2013 here on Thursday, declaring 4241 candidates successful. As many as 14,444 students took the examination and the overall success ratio in this examination stood at 29.36 per cent.

A total of 2,538 students took examination under BSc Group and 1124 got through with 44.29 per cent pass percentage. Similarly, as many as 11906 candidates appeared in the examination under BA Group and 3117 passed, showing 26.18 per cent success ratio.

The BZU sources said that 11 unfair means cases were registered during the examination and proceedings were underway. The examination commenced on Nov 19, 2013 and ended on Jan 11, 2014.