LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique has directed the heads of medical education institutions and medical superintendents to ensure arrangements according to the contingency plan for providing medical
cover during the Muharram-ul-Harram.
He said that special duties should be assigned to senior doctors including head of the department for 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Harram
and operation theaters, medical equipments, stock of medicines and blood bags of all groups also be made available in the hospitals to meet any emergency situation.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting of the heads of medical universities/colleges and medical superintendents of teaching hospitals at Civil Secretariat to review the arrangements
for providing special medical cover to the participants of mourning processions/Majalis Azha during Ashura Muharram.
Secretary SH&ME Najam Ahmad Shah, Special Secretary Health Dr. Sajid Mehmood Chohan, Vice Chancellors of Medical Universities, Principals of Medical Colleges, heads of specialized medical institutions and medical superintendents of the teaching hospitals attended the meeting.
The participants of the meeting apprised the minister of the arrangements made in their hospitals to ensure proper and prompt medical cover to the patients during the Ashura.
Secretary Health Najam Ahmad Shah said that the purpose of holding the meeting is to review the arrangements made by the hospitals administrations for providing the treatment facilities to the patients during Muharram-ul-Harram especially on 9th and 10 Muharram.
He said that medical colleges and the teaching hospitals should also chalk out management plan to combat with any untoward incident during these days. The meeting was informed that duty roasters of the doctors, surgeons, senior registrars and head of the department have been finalized. Sufficient stock of the medicines and blood bags is available in the hospitals and donors lists have also been prepared for getting blood donations in case of any need.
Secretary Health Najam Ahmad Shah directed the administration of medical education institutions and the hospitals to share duty roasters of the health providers with the department. He said that head of the departments should also be assigned duties and they should available for supporting their juniors and no doctor should leave his station without prior permission during the holidays of 9th and 10th Muharram.
He said that close coordination is essential between hospitals administration and the officials of Rescue 1122 for providing ambulance service to the patients during the Muharram processions especially on Yaum-e-Ashur.