Lahore: Senior Punjab Minister Abdul Aleem Khan stated on Friday that more hospitals to be established to cater city’s huge population.
“There is no doubt that as compared to the population the quantity and quality of our hospitals need a much improvement as there is no new addition of hospital in public sector from the last one decade,” he said while talking in an inaugural ceremony of a free dispensary in Lahore.
Aleem Khan said that welfare projects that provide basic health facilities is the requirement of the city, demand and right of the people. Prime Minister has set target in health sectors where he aims to bring down the cost of health facilities and give subsidy to all the people, where possible.
He said that Shaukat Khanum and Namal University had established were history made in Pakistan. Projects like these encouraged Philanthropist to come forward and lend hand in helping poor people.
The senior minister also pointed out that former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif was a hurdle in starting a number of projects in health sector only because such projects were not having his name plates.
Abdul Aleem Khan said that Wazir Abad Cardiology and Mian Mir Hospitals were the main examples of it which were delayed for ten years for the same reason. He admitted that a lot of work was still to be done to provide best healthcare to a common man for which apart from the government, private sector would have to also come forward and play its role.
The minister also informed that PTI government has confirmed that medical facilities will be upgraded and the work has already been started in this regard.
The dispensary launched by Abdul Aleem Khan is 8th project of its kind. Abdul Aleem Khan Foundation, Zubaira Yousaf Dispensary is now operational Fazlia Colony of Lahore where patients where patients will receive health facility in two shifts from 10:00am to 2:00pm and then 3:00pm to 8:00pm, apart from free diagnosis medicines will also be given free of cost.
Before this seven free dispensaries are already operational at Munawar Sultana Road, Slide Park Gari Shahu, Achnat Garh, Hope Road, Baja Line, Basti Saidan Shah and Mian Mir Colony in Lahore.