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LAHORE: With focus on provision of quality health services to the people and providing ease in their lives, the Punjab government is set to announce a people’s friendly budget for 2022-23 in which more relief and facilities would be ensured to the citizens in the health sector.

Provincial Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique said this, while speaking at a training workshop as a chief guest organized by the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department, here on Wednesday.

DG Health Services Dr Haroon Jahangir, Dr Malik Safih, Dr Jamshiad from WHO, MS of different government hospitals from RY Khan and others were present. Consultant Dr Saeed Akhter briefed the participants of the workshop about the significance of universal health coverage and its targets.

Kh Salman Rafique said that maternal mortality rate in Pakistan demands to take serious steps. The WHO has always stood beside the government to provide better healthcare facilities to the people, he said. “We have to educate the community, protecting our child from various diseases is the primary responsibility of parents,” he said.

Moreover, Salman Rafique chaired a meeting of technical experts in the Institute of Public Health. Dean IPH Prof Dr Zarfishan Tahir, Dr Somayya Iqtadar, Director CDC Dr Shahid Magsi and other experts attended the meeting. Khawaja Salman Rafique reviewed international dengue webinar and overall situation.

Salman said, “We have talked about an international dengue webinar and dengue vaccine with technical experts. To spread awareness in public soon international dengue webinar will be organized. Experts of the health department will talk with concerned companies about dengue vaccine in an international conference. SOPs regarding dengue should be updated with the help of experts.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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