CM chairs cabinet meeting

Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced the up-gradation of the big hospitals of six divisional cities of the province to the status of teaching hospitals on the pattern of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar and equipping it with all required facilities, apparatus and medical staff.

Presiding over a meeting of the provincial cabinet here in the Cabinet Room of the Civil Secretariat on Monday, he also directed the concerned authorities for taking immediate steps in this regard and clarified that there would be no excuse of the shortage of funds in this regard.

However, he said that the concerned authorities should also fulfill their duties perfectly. The cabinet meeting besides the ministers of PTI and allied parties was largely attended by Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, administrative secretaries and other concerned authorities of various departments. It threadbare discussed matters and laws of public welfare as well as took a number of decisions in this respect.

The Chief Minister said that PTI-led coalition govt had declared emergency in education and health sectors on the basis that after necessary legislation result-oriented measures would be taken to benefit the people in real sense. For this purpose, he directed the constitution of a high-level committee comprising of provincial ministers and administrative secretaries and speedy disposing of their work.

He said that it is the responsibility of the authorities of health department for working on emergency basis for the achievement of this crucial target and ensured that in future no patient from far-flung areas like Swat, Chitral, Shangla, Dir, D.I.Khan, Bannu, Kohat and other areas would need to come to Peshawar for the treatment of any deadly or complicated disease and all these health facilities would be provided to them in the concerned divisional headquarters hospitals.

Pervez Khattak said that if our few thousands doctors and paramedics perform their duties perfectly then the complaints of more than 0.5 million patients arriving in the hospitals and health centres in the nook and corner of the province would be resolved automatically and they would not have to dis-heart and return to their homes with disappointment. He said that negligence in treatment is a severe crime and its punishment should also be severe.

Similarly, he said that some stern decisions have also inevitable for ensuring the attendance of medical staff and prevention of fake doctors and medicines, saying the people had voted them for the abolition of the corrupt system and on the hopes of bringing better changes and they would come up to their expectations at any cost.

He said that during last one year provincial govt had worked for the eradication of corruption and supremacy of law, merit and justice and promulgated comprehensive laws and now besides their implementation, giving the feeling of security to the people and establishment of a welfare society is necessary.

Pervez Khattak asked the department heads to make comprehensive legislation and ensure its implementation for checking price hike, hoarding and fake essential items in the markets. He especially emphasized on discouraging the quakes and spurious diseases to give people especially the poor patients sigh of relief.

He while agreeing with regularization of adhoc doctors and adhoc teachers said that adhoc-ism must be a story of the past then. He said that now govt must take every step in larger national interest on permanent with fully legal cover and remove the vague in this regard so that no one in future could dare for corruption and nepotism anyhow.

He said that only justice could ensure progress and prosperity in the society. The meeting also underlined the expeditious work on tree plantation, making highways beautiful and green belts surrounded, scientific management of the forests, comprehensive health cover for poor and protecting consumers in all respects.

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