LAHORE     -   Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Friday approved handing over of hospitals in Mianwali and Talagang to Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Trust and Indus Hospital. The operational management of mother and child hos­pital Mianwali will be given to Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Trust to be run on Indus Hospital model; while the man­agement of THQ Hospital Talagang and Chaudhry Parvez Elahi Hospital would also be handed over to the Trust. 

The chief minister took this decision in a meeting with a delegation of the Trust and Indus Hospital at the chief minis­ter’s office. The delegation comprised of Trust’s chairman Mian M Ahsan, Indus Hospital Health Network chairman Abdul Karim Paracha, president Dr Abdul Bari Khan, CEO (North) Dr Tasman, and mar­keting head Salman Hamid. Health Minis­ter Dr Yasmin Rashid, Hafiz Ammar Yasir MPA, Raasikh Elahi, former principal sec­retary GM Sikandar, former BoP president Hamesh Khan and others were also pres­ent. It was further decided in the meet­ing that the Indus Hospital would ensure operational management of both the hos­pitals while mother and child hospital Mianwali and nursing college would be operationalised in partnership with In­dus Hospital and Health Network. Parvez emphasised that the government was providing the best healthcare facilities in partnership with the private sector and added that patients would be given free medicine in government hospitals. Mian Ahsan assured to operationalise the Mi­anwali Hospital at the earliest while the CM was told that Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Trust and Indus Hospital are managing nine hospitals and regional blood centres while providing free treat­ment to 3.5 million patients annually. 

MOTHER/CHILD BLOCK AT GANGARAM HOSPITAL TO BE OPENED SOON: MINISTER

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Friday said the Mother and Child Block in Gangaram Hospital Lahore would be opened to the public soon. She informed this during her visit to the un­der-construction Mother and Child Block at Gangaram Hospital here.

She said that construction of the block had entered the final stages. She said that 11 mother and child hospitals were be­ing built to ensure the health of mother and child, adding, the lives of thousands of mothers and children would be pro­tected through mother and child hospi­tals in the province.

She said that a network of the gov­ernment hospitals was being laid in the province as Pakistan was a signatory of reducing the rate of delivery deaths of mother and child. She added that 23 large government hospitals were being built in view of the increase in the popu­lation of Punjab. The minister said the mother and child block would comprise of 600 beds. She said that free treatment facility was being provided to the people through Sehat Sahulat card as well.

Earlier, the minister reviewed the on­going progress including the emergency and other departments of the block. 

On this occasion, PRO Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Profes­sor Dr Shamsa, MS Gangaram Hospital Dr. Athar, Project Director Ijaz Sheikh and C&W officials were present.