Shahbaz's vision of developing South Punjab is becoming a reality now

In his visit to Multan on Wednesday, the chief minister inaugurated the extension of 150-bed Children's Hospital

The world-famous 30th President of the United States (1923–1929) John Calvin Coolidge Jr once gave a beautiful statement on why consistent development is essential to any society’s progress. He said, “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

These words picture perfectly signify the diligent personality of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Shaif, for whom intensive effort is all about commencing projects which in true sense can add value to both human and society’s development.

CM Punjab’s vision of development in South Punjab is an excellent example of it, where he throughout his previous and recent tenure, has constantly toiled for the growth in health, education, infrastructure and transport sectors, results of which are evident now.

The recent inauguration of state of the art health facilities in Multan is a great illustration of how CM Shahbaz is effectively applying all available resources, to empower the South Punjab people with every basic facility.

In his visit to Multan on Wednesday, the chief minister inaugurated the extension of 150-bed Children's Hospital completed at a cost of Rs1,929 million . The present Children's Hospital, Multan having 300 beds was also made during CM Punjab’s government in 1998. The hospital is located in the heart of city, and is catering to the whole Southern Punjab, North of Balochistan and Sindh. Construction of the newly inaugurated expansion project was completed in just one year, and a comprehensive approach to preventive pediatrics and community programmes to combat malnutrition and unhygienic condition has been started by the hospital as well.

Apart from this, the other significant health facilities include burn unit at Nishtar Hospital, Multan (Rs807 million), Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases (Rs1,399 million), Shahbaz Sharif District Headquarter Hospital, Multan (Rs411 million) and Regional Blood Center, Multan (Rs300 million).

It is important to mention that the regional blood center has also been made operational earlier in Bahawalpur. Both these regional blood centers have been set up under Punjab Government’s Safe Blood Transfusion Project, and 40 hospitals of South Punjab are connected to these centers, while in the second phase, centers like these would be established in Lahore and Faisalabad. Also, all of these centers will provide safe blood to the linked hospitals for free.

Both the centers are equipped with the latest machinery and highly qualified staff, and are expected to offer safe blood to over four million residents of entire South Punjab including Multan, Muzaffargarh, Khanewal, Lodhran and Bahawalpur.
The CM during his visit to Multan had also inaugurated digitally operated cold chain storage, which is first of its nature in Pakistan whose warehousing will be managed by the TCS. Because of it, there will be remote possibility of any kind of embezzlement in the distribution of medicine.

Moving from health, the transport sector in South Punjab has also witnessed great success, an apt example of which is the 18.5 km long Multan Metro Bus service. This great facility is providing massive benefit to the people belonging to all walks of life including students, traders and laborers, and this great service is proving fruitful in boosting trade activities in the city as well.

Energy sector is one another area, where the solar energy plant of 400 megawatts established at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, is momentously covering the substantial electricity needs of South Punjab’s population. While this whole project is of 1,000 megawatts, it will be upgraded to it subsequently. Also, a Turkish company in Bahawalpur is in process of setting up a 300-megawatt solar project with a tariff of six cents per unit, which would be the cheapest solar tariff in Pakistan’s history providing low-priced electricity to the people.

Well this is Shahbaz Sharif for you! A man who believes in pursuing dreams that are centered on providing every single benefit to the people. The development projects within Southern Punjab during CM Shehbaz rule, will go down in history as remarkable ventures which gave people a huge help, and it would not be wrong to say that CM Punjab’s vision of developing South Punjab is becoming a reality now.

The writer has completed MPhil in Mass Communication from Beaconhouse National University, and passionately loves travelling and cricket.

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