LAHORE     -   A meeting was held under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi at his office to review steps to enhance the utility and effectiveness of the health card program.

The CM gave in-principle approval to empanel more hospitals for pa­tients to create ease for those get­ting treatment through health cards. The option of treatment of more diseases through health cards will also be provided; he stated and ap­proved the addition of CyberKnife, a modern surgery technology, to the health card programme. In line with the vision of Imran Khan, the health card programme will be further im­proved while the provincial govern­ment has also started providing free medicines to patients in emergency wards of hospitals, he added.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that two million people have benefited from the facility of free treatment through the health cards programme in the province. Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, secretary specialized healthcare dept., Moh­sin Ghurki of Ghurki Hospital and Dr Amir Aziz attended the meeting.


The delegation of Faizan Global Relief Foundation (FGRF) headed by Haji Abdul Habib Attari, a member of the Central Maj­lis Shura of Dawat-e-Islami met with Punjab Chief Min­ister Ch Parvez Elahi at his office on Monday and briefed him about the philanthropic work. The CM ap­preciated the services of FGRF re­lated to welfare works and assured his full support. The CM presented a gift of framed Ayat and Hadith about the Finality of Prophethood (PBUH) and a discussion was held about the rehabilitation measures for the flood victims in south Punjab. Both agreed to work jointly on the expe­dited rehabilitation of the affectees and a joint committee was formed regarding cooperation for the reset­tlement of flood victims. Speaking to the delegation, Parvez Elahi said that the flood victims will be housed and houses will be constructed with the support of FGRF. The resettlement of flood victims will be ensured with the joint coordina­tion of the Punjab government and FGRF, he added. The flood victims will be given fi­nancial assistance of Rs.4 lakh for the construction of their damaged con­crete houses, while financial assis­tance of Rs.2 lakh will be given for the construction of damaged houses; he stated and noted that FGRF has been active in welfare works. The Punjab government and FGRF will work together for the rehabilitation of the flood victims, the CM remarked. Medical teams have been formed to prevent epidemics in the affected areas, he mentioned. The aid must reach the right beneficiaries. The passion for serving the affectees is admirable. The government will continue to do whatever is possible for the flood victims; the CM said and reiterated that the government will ensure the transparent use of the do­nations. Haji Yafoor Raza Attari, su­pervisor of Lahore division; director coordination department of Dawat-e-Islami Punjab Muhammad Liaqat At­tari, FGRF supervisor Lahore division Haji Muhammad Afzal Attari, Hanif Memon, FGRF Karachi Muhammad Adil Attari, Dawat-e-Islami Karachi’s Muhammad Imran Ghigi, Irfan At­tari and others were included in the delegation. Rasikh Elahi, Hafiz Am­mar Yasir MPA, chairman of Madina Foundation Mian Muhammad Hanif and former BoP president Hamish