LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP -20th Sept,2016) : Implementation on revamping tertiary care hospitals in Punjab has been started and the main objective of the initiative is to resolve administrative issues, rectifying the deficiencies of infrastructure, improvement in cleanliness and hygiene conditions. This was stated by Secretary SH&ME Najam Ahmad Shah while talking to a delegation of international experts of World Health Organization in his office, here on Tuesday.
He said the government would welcome technical cooperation of international experts of WHO in the project of revamping tertiary care hospitals in Punjab. He said the initiative was also to bridge the gap in medicines supply and storage system, evolving a dynamic system for outdoor and emergency patients and to introduce a referral system for the patients so that healthcare service delivery in teaching hospitals could be improved and quality healthcare facilities would be extended to the patients.
The delegation included Prof. Dr. Hamid Revaghi, Dr. Benjamin Chen, WHO Representative in Punjab Dr. Jamshed and Dr. Ramesh Kumar from Health academy Islamabad. Member Health Planning & Development Department Dr. Shabana Haider, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College/ Jinnah Hospital Prof. Mehmood Shaukat, MS Dr. Shafqat Ali, Principal Punjab Medical College Faisalabad Prof. Dr. Farid Zafar, Additional Secretary Health (Technical) Dr. Salman Shahid, Dr.
Haq Nawaz Barwana and MSs of concerned teaching hospitals were also present in the meeting. Najam Ahmad Shah said that revamping of tertiary care hospitals and Primary and secondary hospitals had been launched to minimize the workload in the teaching hospitals, redressing of difficulties faced by the patients and to improve performance and efficiency of public sector hospitals. He said that it would also stop the flow of patients towards tertiary care hospitals as the quality health services would be available in DHQ hospitals.
He said that differentiation between OPD and emergency patients is also essential to pay proper attention and provision of healthcare to the critical patients in emergency departments. He said that it is observed that sometimes beds in emergency wards also filled by such patients who are suffering from minor diseases. He said that for this purpose, referral system is being introduced. Najam Ahmad Shah further said that cleanliness and proper hygiene condition in the hospitals could reduce the bed occupancy time.
He said that a better referral system could reduce the workload of tertiary hospitals by 30 to 40 percent. He said that initially four hospitals included Jinnah Hospital Lahore, Allied Hospital Faisalabad, Benazir Bhutto Hospital Rawalpindi and Children Hospital Multan are being revamped. After that it would be expanded to other hospitals. The experts of WHO would visit the said hospitals and after completion of their visit, they will submit their technical recommendations to the Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical education within a week.