LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has directed convening meeting on fortnightly basis to review progress on development projects and utilisation of funds.

Chairing a meeting to review Annual Development Program (ADP) of Health Department on Sunday, he directed immediate start of work on rehabilitation and repair of nursing hostel.

Secretary Health Punjab Jawad Rafique Malik, Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervez, Additional Secretary Health Technical Dr Salman Shahid, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti and other senior officers attended the meeting.

Salman Rafiq said that work on Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Center in Lahore would also start soon. For this purpose, a trust would be established and a summary has been sent to the Chief Minister Punjab for the approval of names of trustees.

Secretary Health suggested contacting DCOs of concerned districts and divisional commissioners to acquire land for the projects where required. He also suggested preparing feasibility report and hiring of consultants for Children’s Hospital in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Bahawalpur.

He said that Chief Planning Officer and Director Blood Transfusion Service should visit Indus Blood Transfusion Centre Karachi and submit a feasibility report to establish blood centers in Punjab.

The chief planning officer informed that the construction work on Children Hospital Faisalabad was underway and the project would be completed soon.

The meeting also decided to constitute a technical committee to prepare classifications for the procurement of mobile health units for the under developed districts. The meeting also decided establishing blood centers in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Sargodha with a cost of Rs 100 million. The meeting gave approval to 65 unapproved schemes.