Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a four hours long meeting which was also attended by a high level Turkish delegation headed by Advisor to Turkish Ministry of Health Hasan Cagil.
The meeting agreed to further enhance cooperation between Punjab government and Turkish Ministry of Health for reforms in healthcare system in the province. Turkish Ministry of Health would provide all out cooperation for this purpose.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that brotherly and historical ties between Pakistan and Turkey are transforming into economic relation and cooperation between Punjab government and Turkish Ministry of Health for improvement in health care system in Punjab augurs well. He said that benefit would be taken from the Turkish model for providing quality healthcare facilities to the people of the province. He said that Punjab government would send nurses to Turkey for training.
He said that in the first phase, nurses would be sent to Turkey for specialized training whereas in the second phase, nurses would get full training in Turkey.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Turkey has improved its healthcare system under the leadership of its great leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Punjab government would also ensure provision of quality medical facilities to the citizens by benefiting from skill and expertise of Turkey. He said that patients would be provided medical facilities, which is their right, through increasing cooperation with Turkey for uplift of health care system. He said that Punjab government has made tremendous work for reforms in health sector however, desired results would be achieved only when patients would benefit from the system in the real sense.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government has decided to outsource some services for eliminating mafia from the hospitals. He said that only those companies would operate CT scan machines in hospitals as would supply these machines and would also be responsible for their maintenance. He said that there are best doctors, nurses and paramedical staff but there is a lack of commitment and determination in achieving the desired results. He said that it is time to take steps in the real sense and serve the ailing humanity wholeheartedly.
Advisor to Turkish Ministry of Health Hasan Cagil gave a briefing in detail regarding improvement in healthcare system in Punjab and assured full cooperation with Punjab government for betterment of healthcare system. He said that the vision of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is splendid.
The officials of Turkish Ministry of Health extended good wishes of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on behalf of Turkish Minister for Health Tayyip Akron.
Turkish Consul General Serdar Deniz, Provincial Ministers Zakiya Shahnawaz, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman, Parliamentary Secretary Imran Nazir, Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Dr. Nadia Aziz MPA, concerned secretaries and medical experts attended the meeting.