Institute of blood transfusion to be remelted: Yasmin
LAHORE: Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid pledged to develop the Punjab Institute of Blood Services in a meeting at the Specialized Department of Health and Medical Education here on Monday.
The Minister said: “The Institute of Blood Transfusion Services will be completely reorganized and developed on modern bases. The idea behind this overhaul is to improve the quality of the services provided by the institute. New staff have been hired to fill vacancies to improve performance and training for new staff will be organized in the near future. In the next phase, the capacity of regional blood centers will be strengthened. Regional centers have been established in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur. All university hospitals in Punjab have blood separation facilities. Currently, blood banks are operational in 27 DHQ and 134 THQ. The government is moving blood screening from ICT to CLIA technology. The government should strengthen coordination between the Department of Primary and Secondary Health Care and the Department of Specialized Health and Medical Education to strengthen the capacity of blood banks. The objective of these measures is to ensure the safety of the blood transfusion system in the province.
Meanwhile, the government is striving to deliver health services as a priority, said Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid. The minister joined a video link session on Monday to examine the sustainability and institutionalization of the Sehat Sahulat program at the Department of Specialized Health Care and Medical Education.
The Minister of Health said: “The government has launched an initiative to provide medical coverage to people. In accordance with the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government is striving to provide health services as a priority. The 29.3 million families of the Punjab will benefit from universal health coverage by December 2021. The measures of institutionalization and sustainability of the Sehat Sahulat program are commendable. It is the state’s responsibility to look after its citizens. The government cannot make Riyasat-e-Madina’s dream come true without bringing real relief to the common man. Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to make things easier for the common man. Residents of DG Khan and Sahiwal Divisions have already received health insurance services. “