Sitting for high-quality healthcare

LAHORE: The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has developed Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) for polyclinics and clinics of family physicians.

The PHC had organised a consultative workshop to present these standards to the stakeholders including office bearers of Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians and specialist doctors.

According to the PHC spokesperson, the participants of the workshop have endorsed majority of these standards and related indicators and have given suggestions for improving the draft. After incorporation of these suggestions, the MSDS will be presented before the PHC’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the PHC’s Board of Commissioners.

The implementation of MSDS would ensure the delivery of high-quality healthcare services, leading to greater patient satisfaction, spokesperson said.–Staff Reporter

PMA’s weekly workshop for docs

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) arranged a workshop at PMA House on Friday to enable doctors to complete CME score, requirement for registration with PMDC.

PMA is holding workshop every Friday to provide an opportunity to the participants to fulfill PMDC requirements.

Dr Shahid Malik delivered lecture on preventive medicine and Dr Zulfiqar took review session of MCQs of national and international exam.–Staff Reporter

Press Club to press govt for their demands

LAHORE: A meeting of Lahore Press Club’s governing body was held on Friday that was chaired by President Arshad Ansari.

The sitting was attended by office bearers and members of the LPC governing body. Expressing anger over the delay in completion of development works at Blocks A, B, C and F despite CM instructions, the governing body members highlighted the obstacles for journalists from all over the province in receiving medical grants, support fund and plots.

It was decided in the meeting that the office bearers and members of press clubs of Punjab will hold protests and stage sit-ins outside the building of Punjab Assembly. Other journalist organisations will also participate in the protest.–Staff Reporter

CM inaugurates Overseas Pakistanis Commission

LAHORE: Fearing the public agony turning into a catastrophe, Shahbaz Sharif has underscored the need for changing the current mafia and corruption-hit system.

Speaking to a gathering after inaugurating the Overseas Pakistanis Commission here on Friday, the Chief Minister candidly said the politicians, police, bureaucracy have corrupt elements and running mafias. “This calls for large scale system reforms or else the poor masses will take over the charge and crumble everything down,” the chief minister opined.

“Let’s not that happen and we better fix the system to eliminate those elements who are grabbing the property, assets and rights of the helpless and poor,” said Shahbaz Sharif who is enjoying his third term as the Punjab ruler since 1997 which so far span over nine years in total.

The chief minister lauded the services of the overseas Pakistanis for the country while specially mentioning about the annual $15billion contribution they make through remittances to the national economy. “This amount provides a big cushion to our balance of trade when it is already running unfavourably,” he said.

He strongly pledged to protect their properties and family members in the province besides dealing on priority basis their all other grievances. –Staff Reporter

He said that the government fully realized the pains and problems of Overseas Pakistanis and would do everything to address them. He also gave a loud and clear message to the police and the administrative officers engaged to protect the assets and rights of the expatriates that no lethargy, incompetence and delay in rising to action on their part would be tolerated in the matter of retrieving properties of the overseas Pakistanis and addressing their problems.

CM at the same time also took the credit of opening green channel for the expats after the PML-N government in 90s to exempt the homecoming of their money and gold and vowed to effectively serve them again through the Commission.

Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif cut the ribbon and formally inaugurated Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab. Vice Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Khalid Shaheen Butt and Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti threw light on the aims and objectives of the commission, method of redressing complaints whereas Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr Umar Saif informed about the automatic system of redressal of complaints.

PML-N Middle East President Noorul Hassan Tanvir lauded the efforts of Shahbaz Sharif for fulfilling the demands of Overseas Pakistanis.