LAHORE - Turkey has agreed to further enhance its cooperation to bring reforms in Punjab healthcare system.

It was agreed in the four-hour long meeting between Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and a Turkish delegation that the Turkish Ministry of Health would provide all out cooperation to Punjab for this purpose.

The high level Turkish delegation was headed by Adviser to Turkish Ministry of Health Hasan Cagil.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that brotherly and historical ties between Pakistan and Turkey are transforming into economic relation and cooperation between Punjab government and Turkish Ministry of Health for improvement in healthcare system in Punjab augurs well.

He said that benefit would be taken from the Turkish model for providing quality healthcare facilities to the people of the province.

In the first phase, nurses will be sent to Turkey for specialised training whereas in the second phase, nurses would get full training in Turkey.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Turkey has improved its healthcare system under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Punjab government would also ensure provision of quality medical facilities to the citizens by benefiting from skill and expertise of Turkey. “Patients will be provided proper medical facilities through Turkish cooperation.”

He further said that the provincial government has decided to outsource some services for eliminating mafia from public hospitals.

“We have best doctors, nurses and paramedical staff but not commitment and determination, due to which we are not achieving the desired results. It is time to take steps in the real sense and serve the ailing humanity wholeheartedly,” the CM added.

Adviser to Turkish Ministry of Health Hasan Cagil gave a briefing regarding improvement in healthcare system in Punjab and assured full cooperation with Punjab government for betterment of healthcare system.

The officials of Turkish heath ministry also extended good wishes to CM Shehbaz on behalf of Turkish Minister for Health Tayyip Akhdon.

Turkish Consul General Serdar Deniz, Provincial Ministers Zakiya Shehnawaz, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman, Parliamentary Secretary Imran Nazir, MPA Dr Nadia Aziz, and others attended the meeting.