Health

Mobile Health Units (MHU)
State of the art ‘Mobile Health Units’ (MHU) have been launched that are installed with X-ray and laboratory facilities and are equipped with two doctors (male & female), medicines and a small operation theatre. These MHUs visit different remote areas where local patients are treated and serious ailments are referred to hospitals. Six MHUs have been provided in Southern districts of Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar, Ahmadpur, Sharqia, Muzzafargarh, Rahim Yar Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan. These units are monitored by a satellite system.
 
Formation of Punjab Health-Care Commission
Punjab Health-Care Commission Bill was passed by the Punjab Assembly in 2010. The commission will have the authority to decide references against professional negligence and incompetence of doctors.
     
Foundation of Medical Colleges
Four new medical colleges have been established by the Punjab Government in Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Sialkot and Dera Ghazi Khan.
     
Hepatitis Control Program 
A Hepatitis Control Program has been started with a budgetary allocation of Rs. 2.8 million.
     
Miscellaneous Health Sector Initiatives
Other initiatives taken up by the health sector include:
  • The up-gradation of BHUs and RHCs has been carried out and the District Headquarter (DHQ) & Tehsil Headquarter (THQ) hospitals have been attached with teaching hospitals for improving health care delivery.
  • The budgetary allocation for the Health Sector in 2010-11 was increased by up to 32% (compared to last year) to sixteen billion rupees. The total size of the health budget amounts to thirty eight billion rupees.
  • Provision of free medicines for patients in Government hospitals is one of the top priorities of the Chief Minister. In this regard it is stated that an amount of Rs. 500 million was allocated for the provision of free medicine for the patients in Government hospitals under block allocation under Funds / grant PC21016(016) health services during 2011 - 12 out of which Rs. 400 million has been released by the Finance Department (in two installments).
  • Health-Care Insurance has been introduced in Punjab and poor segments of the society will be given special attention in this regard.
  • Free dialysis facility has been provided in different hospitals. Apart from that tertiary care hospitals have been equipped with MRI, Angiography and CT scan machines.
  • The provision of air conditioning facility has been ensured in all public sector hospitals.
  • Improving the health care system has been a priority of the Punjab Government. Cochlear Implantation operations have been performed on fourteen special children at Children Hospital Lahore in collaboration with Special Education Department. Each operation costing Rs. 1,500,000, and 115 more children will be provided this facility in the current financial year.
  • Amendments in Punjab Pure Food Rules 2007 have been introduced that sets new quality standards for dairy products, minimum B.Sc. qualification for the food inspectors and stricter laws to curb production of substandard food items and its adulteration.
  • All the public sector hospitals across Punjab have been provided with free parking facility.
  • Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology and Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology have been established to cater to the long list of patients waiting for treatment and operations at PIC, Lahore who will now be accommodated in their own areas.
  • The rehabilitation of Said Mittha Hospital, Nawaz Sharif Hospital Yakki Gate, Mozang Hospital Lahore as well as the new emergency block in Kot Khwaja Saeed Hospital has been completed.
  • Punjab Institute of Urology and Transplantation and Gynae–Pediatric centre will be established in Rawalpindi.