LAHORE - Punjab health department has been bifurcated to ensure availability of quality health facilities to the people, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.

The CM was talking to a delegation of World Health Organisation (WHO), led by its county head Dr Michel JJ Thieren.

The delegation was told that the Punjab government was adopting solid measures, in addition to substantially increasing health budget in public sector.

“Vaccination of the viral diseases features eminently in the steps taken by the government to provide health facilities to the people. Through a comprehensive programme, special attention is being paid to vaccination for controlling viral diseases,” Shahbaz Sharif told the delegation.

Modern technology is being utilised for ensuring attendance of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in addition to building capacity of paramedics, he added.

According to the CM, patients were being provided free medicines at the public hospitals.

The WHO team was informed about the state-of-the-art Kidney and Liver Transplantation Institute, which was being set in city.

A comprehensive programme is being implemented for the uplift of health sector with the cooperation of British Department for International Development, said the CM.

However, with the increase in population, diseases are also increasing. But the government is working with the help of concerned institutions for coping with the problem of population, Shahbaz Sharif affirmed.

WHO Country Head Dr Michel JJ Theirene said positive changes were being brought to the Punjab health sector.

He ensured the CM that the WHO would continue cooperation with Punjab government. The organisation will open its office in city soon, he added.

Separately, during a meeting with his cabinet members, the CM directed the police to ensure protection to the life and property of the citizens.

“Punjab police must play an active role for the elimination of crime and to maintain law and order.”

Shahbaz Sharif told the meeting that the government had made all resources available for maintaining law and order in the province. He directed the police to perform the job of curbing the crime actively and dedicatedly.

He expressed his satisfaction over the peaceful Local Bodies’ elections in all three phases. “People exercised their right to vote in a peaceful and free atmosphere,” he stated.

Danish firm to make 1000mw from wind in Punjab: Danish company Vestas Pakistan - one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world - will set up 1000megawatt wind power project in Punjab.

This was decided at a meeting held between a Danish delegation and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad yesterday.

Director Political Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark Mr Jesper Moller Sorensen led the delegation. The meeting specifically discussed Danish cooperation in energy sector particularly, wind power in Punjab.

Pakistan is facing persistent long hours of loadshedding across the country over the last decade. At present the country is short of over 6000mw megawatt against to the total need of 18000mw of the country.

Even as the government has initiated a number of energy projects which will be in working condition by 2018, it also visualises increase in the electricity resources of the country to 25000mw in next decade.

The CM welcomed the interest of Danish companies for investment in energy sector and assured every help and cooperation of his government to Vestas Pakistan in the project.