LAH0RE: Secretary Health Punjab, Mohammed Jehanzeb Khan has said that strengthening of primary and secondary healthcare system is vital to minimize the mortality rate of mother and child in rural areas. This was stated by him while presiding over a departmental meeting, in connection with “Progress of Punjab Millennium Development Goals Program”, here today.
Director General Health Punjab, Dr. Mohammad Aslam Ch., Director PMDGP, Farasat Iqbal, Deputy Secretary Health (PM) Saleha Saed. Provincial Coordinator Family Planning & Primary Health, Dr. Akhtar Rashed Malik, Provincial Coordinator MNCH programme, Dr.Sabiha Khurshed and other concerned officers attended the meeting. Jehanzeb Khan said that Punjab
Government has been spending billions of rupees on the development of Health Sector and the budget of health increased from Rs. 11 billion to 38 billion with in three years. He said that efficient use of funds and professional honesty of service providers could made lot of improvement in health delivery system and better health facilities could be provided to the people.
Secretary Health directed that availability of doctors, nurses, LHVs must be insured at BHUs, RHCs and other health facilities. He stressed the need of effective Monitoring and Emergency Response System. Jhanzab Khan directed that ambulance service at DHQ, THQ Hospitals and other health centers should be improved and vehicles should be kept functional so that pregnant women and other serious patients could be shifted to the hospitals for saving their lives by providing in time medical assistance. He directed that awareness among the rural population regarding health related issues is very important so that pregnant women benefited from the services of trained paramedics during the process of pregnancy and delivery.
Director General Health Dr. Aslam Ch. while briefing the meeting said that hiring the services of untrained and non-qualified birth attendants often create complications which results in a serious threat to the life of mother and child. Secretary Health directed that a meeting of doctors, Lady Health Visitors should be called to identify the local problems and their solutions in the light of proposals/recommendations of these stake holders. He further directed that cooperation of social workers, local notables as well as media also be sought for creating awareness among the rural populations.-Online