PM tells authorities to fix capital’s public healthcare system

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken strict notice of public complaints regarding the provision of health facilities in the hospitals of the federal capital and said that any kind of laxity would not be tolerated in this regard.

He directed the related authorities for proper mobilization of staff deployed at all public healthcare facilities, overcoming the shortage of human resources in the hospitals and basic health units (BHUs) and the provision of medicines.

The premier was chairing a meeting regarding the provision of civic amenities in the capital including law and order, health and education, which was attended by Interior Minister Brig (retd) Ijaz Shah, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Planning Minister Asad Umer, Special Assistant for Capital Development Authority Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA Raja Khurram Shehzad and relevant secretaries.

Healthcare facilities for masses top priority: PM

During the meeting, the health secretary Dr. Allah Bux gave a detailed briefing to the premier on measures taken to improve health-related facilities in the capital. He said four community health centers and 16 BHUs would be made fully operational by June, adding that they would complement the medical treatment being provided at four major hospitals. He shared the plan of construction of Polyclinic II hospital in Sector G-11, a new emergency ward at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and a new hospital at Sarai Kharbuza to expand health facilities to locals.

Police complaint management system

Further, PM Imran directed the interior minister to establish a complaint management system at every police station of the capital and make Islamabad a model safe and secure city.

The prime minister stressed the capacity-building of Islamabad Police and taking steps according to the required needs relating to human resources. He said the complaint management system would receive online feedback of citizens which would be used for the improvement of service delivery.

Education sector problems

The prime minister directed to address the shortage of teaching staff by valuing education as an emergency need. He said knowledge was linked to a brighter future and vowed to provide all necessary resources to ensure quality education.

He instructed that special attention be paid on upgrading the quality of 24 model schools and colleges and devise a roadmap outlining the timeline of targets achieved. Imran Khan stressed laying equal focus on educational institutes of female students as well.

Taking serious notice of illegal concrete construction in green areas of the capital, the prime minister directed the CDA chairman to pinpoint the violators for strong action against them.

He said action would be taken against those violating the CDA by-laws, may it be individuals or owners of housing societies. He said that the use of concrete without proper planning was disrupting the environmental balance and needed an understanding by all segments of society. Earlier, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood briefed about steps taken for the improvement of 423 public schools and colleges in the premises of Islamabad.

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