LAHORE - The Punjab Health department has sought recommendations from the teaching hospitals regarding requirements of staff, medical equipment, infrastructure and funds for making cardiology units fully functional.

Chairing a meeting of senior cardiologists of teaching hospitals here Wednesday, Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq said the government wanted to make cardiology units functional for reducing burden on Punjab Institute of Cardiology and ensuring provision of healthcare facilities to the masses.

Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik, Health DG Dr Zahid Pervaiz, PIC Chief Executive Prof Bilal Zakariya Khan, Prof Zubair of Jinnah Hospital, Prof Sheharyar of Gulab Devi Hospital, Prof Saqib Shafi of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr Balqees of Mayo Hospital and Associate Professors of Multan Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology and Shaikh Zayed Hospital Lahore also attended the meeting.

Kh Salman Rafiq said the Gulab Devi Hospital has also been taken on board as its cardiac department was providing commendable services to the patients. He said that cardiac patients from PIC and other teaching hospitals would be referred to Gulab Devi Hospital for surgery. For this purpose, government would pay expenditures to the hospital.

In this connection, a formal contract would be finalised between the Health Department and Gulab Devi Hospital, he further said.

It was also decided that Prof Bilal Zakariya Khan, as focal person, would submit a consolidated report regarding the recommendations collected from different teaching hospitals about the requirements of doctors, medical equipment, infrastructure and expenditures. For this purpose, a meeting will be held on June 17 in the Committee Room of PIC in which all heads of cardiology departments will come up with the requirements of their respective hospitals.

Pre-rains arrangements for dengue control

Heath Adviser Kh Salman Rafiq has urged the authorities to make all necessary arrangements for controlling dengue before the rainy season arrives.

Chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday, the adviser took notice of larvae reporting in different union councils of Rawalpindi and Taxila and directed the officials to carry out sweeping in the affected areas.

Elected representatives, senior officers of all departments concerned, public health experts, clinicians, entomologists and epidemiologists, representatives of Pakistan Railways, Metrological Department, SNGPL and cantonment attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed about the dengue control activities and indoor/outdoor dengue surveillance activities by Auqaf, Environment, Zakat & Ushar, Information & Culture, Agriculture, Higher & School Education, Fisheries, Transport, Finance, Local Government, Irrigation, Youth Affairs, Food, Labour, Cooperatives Departments, PITB, WASA, Rescue-1122 and other departments and agencies.

The officers apprised the meeting regarding surveillance of graveyards, tyre shops, junkyards, water ponds and construction sites.

It was informed that seminars were being organised by the Education and Cooperatives Departments while pamphlets were also being distributed among the people.

Similarly, Imams of Auqaf mosques were also providing awareness about dengue in their sermons. The authorities concerned informed the meeting about the action plan to observe International Dengue Day on June 15.