Lahore : Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafiq has said that strict implementation on traffic rules; hundred percent use of helmet by motorcyclists can minimize the chances of loss of lives and disabilities during road accidents. He said that by complying traffic laws, the Neuro as well as orthopaedic wards can remain empty at a big extent.
He expressed these views while addressing the concluding session of First Traumatic Brain Injury Summit at a local hotel, here today. The seminar was arranged by Post Graduate Medical Institute and Institute of Neuro Sciences of Lahore General Hospital.
Kh. Salman Rafiq said that in Pakistan and particularly in Punjab best professional and talented doctors, professors and nurses of the world are providing quality healthcare to the patients and millions of patients getting treatment in the public sector hospitals.
The Minister said that despite implementation on traffic laws by force, still the youth have to decide whether they should use helmet and will obey the traffic laws for their safety and the welfare of their families as well as to minimize the socio-economic problems of their dependents.
Kh. Salman Rafiq said that death or disability of any person due to an accident leaves deep impact on his family which results in the social as well as financial problems of the affected family.
Kh. Salman Rafiq further said that on the direction of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the target of revamping of 40 DHQ/THQ hospitals by June 2017 has been fixed.
Moreover, CT Scan machines are being provided to all the DHQ hospitals within couple of months. He said that provision of CT Scan machines at districts level would also helpful in providing diagnostic facilities for trauma patients. Member Punjab Assembly Lubna Faisal also addressed the seminar.
Earlier, a number of renowned Neuro Surgeons including Prof. Dr. Nazir Chaudhry, Prof. Shahzad Shams, Prof. Anwar Chaudhry and Orthopaedic surgeons from different teaching hospitals delivered lectures during the technical session on the trauma injuries, case management and treatment of the patients.
Dr. Imran Bajwa and a large number of clinicians from Lahore General Hospital, Institute of Neuro Sciences and other hospitals participated in the function. The experts gave recommendations to activate the Neuro Surgery Departments of the teaching hospitals, construction of new hospitals according to the needs of population, strict action against one wheelers, ban on motorcycle driving on youth under 18 years, imparting awareness to the candidates of driving license before issuing the license.
They also stressed the need to implement the law of security roof walls, implementation on the international laws for industrial workers and labours attached with construction works. Doctors disclosed that every year thousands of children and young-men died or disabled due to fall from the roofs of the buildings.