LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has once again reaffirmed his promise of providing modern health facilities to the masses.

“It is the top priority of PML-N government to provide a better healthcare,” the chief minister stated while presiding over a meeting here on Friday. The CM reviewed the pace of implementation on Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap.

Addressing the meeting, he said that targets have been set for the improvement of healthcare facilities.

Shahbaz Sharif also appreciated the performance of Health EDOs of Sahiwal, Pakpattan and Attock for achieving the targets of Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap. He announced cash prize of Rs0.1m for EDO Health Sahiwal for achieving 100 per cent targets and Rs50,000 for EDO Health of Pakpattan and Attock each for achieving of 97 per cent targets.

The chief minister also issued a warning to Health EDOs of Chiniot, Khushab, Bhakhar and Rawalpindi over their unsatisfactory performance.

Shahbaz said that an effective system of reward and punishment is of vital importance for achieving the targets of public health. He said that the officers serving the people efficiently would be extended all out encouragement while inefficient officers have no right to stay on their posts.

He further directed the authorities that attendance of medical officers and concerned staff in basic and rural health centers be ensured.

The chief minister ordered stern disciplinary action against medical officers taking leave without permission of competent authority and warned that no leniency would be shown to the absentees.

He also ordered the officials concerned to ensure the availability of 18 essential drugs in basic health centres.

The Chief Minister expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of Punjab Rural Support Programme and issued instructions for its improvement.

He also issued instructions for launching citizen feedback system with regard to the steps taken under Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap.

However, Shahbaz Sharif expressed his satisfaction over 24/7 medical facilities in 150 basic health centres and said that institutional framework of all measures taken for the improvement of public health facilities is essential so that this programme could be continued smoothly.

He further directed that recruitments of vaccinators at union council level be completed till July 2015 while the scope of the measures taken with regard to mother and child health should be expanded.

The meeting decided that the ban on the transfer of EDOs of Health Department without the permission of Chief Minister will continue as permanent posting of EDOs Health is of vital importance for effective implementation of Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap.

Separatley, Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan S Babur Girgin called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed matters of mutual interest.

“Pakistan and Turkey are bound together in strong historical and friendly ties,” the chief minister said while talking to the Turkish envoy. He said that a number of Turkish companies were making investment in various sectors in Punjab and Pak-Turkish friendly ties were transforming into useful economic relations.

The Turkish ambassador said that Turkey attached high importance to its relations with Pakistan and cooperation between the two countries would increase in future.

Separately, Ambassador of Germany Dr Cyrill Nunn met CM Shahbaz and discussed matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations and promotion of cooperation in energy and other sectors.

Talking to the German ambassador, Shahbaz Sharif said that there were deep-rooted friendly relations between Pakistan and Germany. He also invited the German companies to collaborate in the projects of power generation.

Dr Cyrill Nunn said that his country wanted to further promote its relations with Pakistan and a large business delegation of Germany would visit Pakistan next month.