Work started to establish HPTC at DHQ’s across Punjab: Kh. Salaman Rifique

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LAHORE. (INP): Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education, Kh. Salman Rafique has said that in compliance with the direction of Chief Minister (CM) Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, work has been started to establish Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Clinics (HPTC) at District Headquarter (DHQ) Hospitals across the province.
He said that where the accommodation in the existing building is available, the clinic would be set up in that building and in such hospitals where the sufficient accommodation is not available new building would also be constructed for the hepatitis clinic according to the requirements. Kh. Salman Rafique said that this facility would also be extended to the THQ hospitals where small dedicated clinics to be set up.
Kh. Salman Rafique stated this while chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Health Reforms at Civil Secretariat. Besides, Minister Primary & Secondary Health Kh. Imran Nazir, Minister Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, Chairman P&D Jehanzeb Khan, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, Secretary Population Welfare, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof. Asad Aslam Khan, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof. Fakhar Imam, VC UHS Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Khan, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Dr. Omer Saif, CO of PPHA Dr. Shabnum, Member Health P&D Dr. Shabana Haider, Principal PGMI Prof. Ghayas un Nabi Tayyab, Principal Gujranwala Medical College Prof. Aftab Mohsin, IDAP Chief Mujahid Sherdil, Additional Secretary (Technical) Primary Health Dr. Asim Altaf, Additional Secretary Specialized Healthcare Dr. Salman Shahid, Health Specialist Dr. Naeem ud Din Mian, Turkish Health Expert Dr. Hasan Cagal attended the meeting.
Principals of medical colleges of Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Sahiwal as well as the Divisional Commissioners participated in the meeting through video link. Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan informed that PC-I of Punjab Hepatitis Control Programme is approved, according to which Rs.2 billion are being spent on prevention and treatment of hepatitis. He said that dedicated clinics would also be set up at tehsil level where minimum one doctor and a nurse would be posted for counseling and provision of treatment to the hepatitis patients.
Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute would monitor performance and the working of the doctors and the staff of the sentinel sites through e-monitoring system from head office in Lahore and complete data bank and the details of diagnosis and treatment of the patients would be recorded in the headquarter of PKLI.
Chairman P&D Jehanzeb Khan said that it would be more appropriate if PKLI works as resource center for this purpose. Jehanzeb Khan said that hepatitis prevention and control and treatment is a joint venture in which tertiary healthcare, primary healthcare would work together and PKLI would also be a big partner in these efforts. Chairman P&D suggested that a technical experts committee should be set up to fix all the protocols and TORs for this purpose and both the departments should also make assessment of their existing system. The meeting also discussed the matters regarding recruitment on vacant posts of faculties of Dera Ghazi Khan and Nishter Medical College Multan. Matters regarding the functioning and redressing the gaps in fully operationalizing the Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases also came under discussion. Kh. Salman Rafique issued necessary instructions to the concerned officers in this regard.
The Minister also shared his observations recorded during his visit with the principal/MS of the DHQ Teaching Hospital Sahiwal and directed them to improve cleanliness in the hospital and resolve other administrative issues. Chairman PITB Dr. Omer Saif informed that PITB has developed software of HIMS for 40 DHQ/THQ hospitals under revamping programme. The meeting also discussed the feasibility of launching of family medicine programme in Punjab.