Medical colleges directed to resolve admin issues

Lahore:27 June:All the principals of medical colleges have been directed to resolve the managerial issues, maintain discipline, ensure presence of doctors, nurses, cleanliness and functioning of biomedical equipment in their attached teaching hospitals within a month.

Government, for the first time has allocated Rs24 billion for specialised healthcare and medical education and all the officers concerned have to work hard to achieve the targets fixed by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

This was stated by the Secretary Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department Punjab Najam Ahmed Shah while addressing a meeting of all the principals of public sector medical colleges held under the chairmanship of the adviser to the chief minister on health Khawaja Salman Rafique at Civil Secretariat, according to a handout issued here on Sunday.

Besides, Vice-Chancellor King Edward Medical University, Principals of all the medical colleges of Punjab attended the meeting.

Special Secretary Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Dr Sajid Mehmood Chohan, Additional Secretary Technical Dr Salman Shahid and DS Medical Education Dr Nasir Shakir were also present in the meeting.

Najam Ahmed Shah said the government had also issued instructions to the divisional commissioners to pay surprise visits to the hospitals to check the performance of these institutions. He warned that zero-tolerance policy would be adopted in the matters of hospitals working. Najam Shah said as head of the institution it was the responsibility of the principal to monitor the administrative affairs of the attached teaching hospital and rectify the issues. He directed that special attention should be paid to improve the working of Emergency Department of the hospitals, cleanliness and hygiene maintained in the wards, toilets and other places, presence of doctors, nurses in the wards also be ensured. He directed that all the biomedical equipment must be in working condition. Secretary SH&ME further said that his office was ready to help out them. He observed that these institutions and designations had given respect and honour to all of us in the society and we should work hard for the betterment of common man. He said that public service demands sacrifices and the officers should execute their duties with dedication and considering it as full time job.

Kh Salman Rafique said that though the people attached to the health profession were doing a lot of work but there was a need to perform our duties and administrative responsibilities on a fast track. He said that management issues should be resolved on priority basis for improving working and performance of the teaching hospitals and this was not a part time job. He observed that we have to leave traditional lethargic style and adopt habit of hardworking with professional zeal.

Implementation of disease prevention plan discussed: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Punjab Secretary Ali Jan and Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) President Dr Saeed Akhter explored the areas of collaboration between PKLI and the Punjab government in launching a robust plan for prevention of diseases in Punjab in a meeting held at PKLI Secretariat.

According to a handout issued here on Sunday, a team of doctors from the US, who have committed to come to Pakistan and join PKLI for the plan and implementation, also attended the meeting through video link.

Dr Saeed Akhter said that prevention of viral hepatitis was one of the major objectives of PKLI and the institute planned to launch its clinical activity soon. He said that the prevention plan would not only help to generate a robust database for every patient that would go through the process but also put a major focus on identifying and preventing the associated risk factors with the disease. He said that to run the programme successfully, both PKLI and the Punjab government needed to work together.

While discussing the importance of combined efforts of various stakeholders like patients, private and public hospitals and the government, the primary and secondary healthcare Punjab secretary said the support provided by government coupled with a strong technical/scientific support from hospitals could result in effective implementation of the programme.

He said that to prevent the spread of infection, the government had identified the high risk groups such as prisoners, hospital workers, IDUs, male and female sex workers, truck drivers, dentists, barbers and people who get body piercings and planned a large-scale vaccination for them.

Dr Ammara Naveed from the US cited disease surveillance, blood safety, infection control, education and treatment as the major objectives of the PKLI prevention plan. She said a massive public awareness campaign through print and electronic as well as social media, seminars and workshops would be required to educate people in this regard.

Dr Bilal from the US appreciated the level of understanding and concern by the government. He said the difference or delay in allocation and release of funds seemed to be one of the major impediments to effective implementation of prevention programmes at government level. He said focus should be put on taking extra measures for cleanliness in the procedures like endoscopy. Dr Saeed said that steps must be taken to attract and retain dedicated human resource for this purpose.

Motivation should be driven by good working conditions, employee autonomy and competitive salaries, he said.The news.

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