ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the burn care centre, first ever in the public sector, at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. The centre which is of international standard has been completed at a cost of three hundred and ninety eight million rupees. The twenty bed burn centre would treat burn victims and help reduce very high mortality rate of burnt victims.
Speaking on the occasion the President underlined the need to set up such burn centres across the country to help the alleviate the sufferings of the patients.He said the government is focusing on reaching out the people specially the seventy percent living in the rural areas to provide them quality health services. He said the main concentration of the government policy is to improve the health care at the primary and secondary levels so that burden on the health care in the urban centres reduces.
President Pervez Musharraf stressed for improving the efficiency and quality of health care specially at Tehsil and District level. He said if that objective is achieved there would be less referring the patients to the city hospitals.President said provision of clean drinking water is another pillar of the policy to reduce burden on the health care centers in the country as sixty percent of the diseases are water borne. He said by the end of filtration plants of clean drinking water would be set up across the country.
Responding to the demand of the staff of PIMS regarding provision of residential facilities President assured them that the government would fully support them up and would construct residences for them.
The President commended the role of PIMS in the relief operation in the aftermath of deadly earthquake in NWFP and Azad Kashmir.