Lahore - Delegation of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) called on Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid at Fatima Jinnah Medical University on Tuesday. 

Present on the occasion were Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Nabeel Awan, Prof Mehmud Shaukat, Vice-Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof Amir Zaman Khan, Vice-Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Principal Ameeruddin Medical College Prof Sardar Alfareed, Prof Javed Chaudhry, Prof Muzammal, Dr Salman and Dr Saqib Saeed. The APPNA delegation was represented by Dr Mohsin and Dr Kalim Ahmed. 

The Minister discussed with the APPNA delegation measures to enhance coordination between doctors working in the ICUs in Pakistan, UK and the USA. The Health Minister shared with the delegation the measures to improve healthcare service delivery in Pakistan. 

She said, “The government is taking necessary measures to improve capacity and performance of the public sector hospitals. 

We are trying to provide international quality healthcare services in Pakistan. For the first time in history, five mother and child new hospitals are being built. No past government thought of increasing hospitals with increase in population. By December 2021, all 29.3 million families of Punjab will be given universal health coverage. 

The facilities are being improved on directions from Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. Through APPNA, mutual coordination between doctors of UK, USA and doctors of Mayo Hospital, General Hospital and the Children Hospital is a positive development. We have designated department heads for enhanced collaboration on ICU complicated cases. 

We have decided to arrange professional trainings for ICUs in three hospitals of Lahore for doctors and technicians.”

Discussion was also made on introduction of latest machinery in three hospitals of Lahore.