Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique handed stern warning to districts failing to show improvement over the past six months in the Executive District Officers (Health) meeting here in the DG Health office on Monday.
The monthly EDO (H) meeting was chaired by Khawaja Salman Rafique and attended by Secretary Health Jawwad Rafique Malik, new Director General Health Services Punjab Dr Amjad Shahzad, EDOs of all districts of Punjab, Program Managers and representatives of Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, Chief Minister Health Reforms Roadmap, UNICEF, WHO, PITB and key units and programs of health department.
Khawaja Salman Rafique took note of the districts showing consistently red on Key Performance Indicators and directed that before the next stock taking by the Chief Minister in the second week of December, the district leadership failing to deliver will be replaced with abler staff. The message of the Chief Minister was read out: “We require strong leadership from EDOs. No leeway would be afforded to EDOs who do not embody this approach.”
The meeting discussed the preparations for the coming polio NID starting from today (Tuesday). Secretary Health Jawwad Rafique Malik directed the EDOs (H) of Rawalpindi and Lahore to make special preparations for the campaign due to positive environmental samples for the month of October.
Additional Director EPI Dr Syed Sohail Ahmed shared that due to global switch from tOPV to bOPV due in April, all districts must ensure that existing stock is utilised. Highlighting the rise in Routine Immunisation coverage to 74 per cent within a year, he said that Neilson survey will start from 15 November and a target of 80 per cent coverage have been set for the province.
The meeting reviewed the overall VPD surveillance situation in the province and noted that only 16 measles cases were in the whole year. The EDOs were appraised that 16 November was set as last date for receiving applications for vaccinators’ course. Taking note of non-compliance by some staff on bio-metric attendance, the secretary directed strict disciplinary action against staff. He said a separate meeting with MS of hospitals will be arranged wherein the compliance will be ensured.
The Secretary directed that list of hotline for patients not receiving medicines will be displayed at conspicuous places in hospitals and doctors must be provided with list of available medicines so that patients do not have to buy them from the market. On essential medicine supplies, some EDOs requested the targets by the CM roadmap to be rationalised as per local needs and it was decided that the CM roadmap team review these suggestions.
Khawaja Salman Rafique reiterated provincial government’s commitment to provide quality healthcare services at the doorstep to general public. The Chief Minister Roadmap team shared that target for stocks taking by the Chief Minister were: Improve cleanliness of hospitals significantly, increase staff attendance to 80%, increase medicines availability to 100%, Improve medicines dispensation to 80%.
Source: Business Recorder