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Government Allows Physicians Private Practice in Social Security Hospitals

LAHORE: The government has authorized private practice for doctors in social security hospitals and the income from institutional private practice (IPP) will be spent on development projects and equipping hospitals with modern machines.

This was announced Friday by the Minister of Labor of Punjab, Ansar Majeed Khan Niazi, during a ceremony at Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Social Security Hospital. Labor Secretary Punjab Liaqat Ali, Commissioner Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) Bilal Haider and MS Naeem Baig attended the ceremony. The minister said there will be a separate counter for private patients and that private practice will only be allowed in the evening. The Labor Department is digitizing its work to make it better for workers, he added.

Labor Department will issue Mazdoor cards to more than 1.1 million workers for whom data research is being conducted. The printing process of ‘Mazdoor Card’ linked to bank account would be started after verification of all data. Labor Minister said the digitization at Rehmatul lil Alameen hospital has made the system more transparent. All other PESSI hospitals will be digitized within two years, he said. Commissioner PESSI said 60 percent of IPP’s income would be spent on hospital staff, while 30 percent of income would be spent on hospital development alone, the commissioner said.

Ehsaas Nashonuma: A joint delegation from Ehsaas Nashonuma and the World Food Program paid a visit on Friday to the Secretary of Primary and Secondary Health, Imran Sikandar Baloch. UN World Food Program Country Director Chris Kaye, Nutrition Chief Dr Mahmood, Nutrition Officer Dr Yasir Ehtisham, Health Services Director General Dr Haroon Jahangir and other officials also attended the meeting.

The meeting was told that underprivileged families of Rajanpur and Khanewal districts will receive essential financial support on a priority basis under the Ehsaas Nashonuma program, which cooperates with primary and secondary health care. At the meeting, Imran assured Sikandar that he would properly facilitate the beneficiaries of this program.

He added that pregnant women and children are the main targets of this program. “Providing nutritious food, health and hygiene facilities for the core objective would be our main focus. Initially, this program will be started in eight THQ and DHQ hospitals of Rajanpur and Khanewal and later it would be extended to other districts of Punjab”. Later Chris Kaye, country director of the UN World Food Program, assured their full assistance in providing all maternal and child health, food and nutrition facilities under this flagship program.

UVAS: The Business Incubation Center of the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS) organized a seminar “Entrepreneurship as a Valuable Career Option” for final year undergraduate students at Ravi Campus, Pattoki.

According to a press release, the seminar was designed to equip young potential and current entrepreneurs with contemporary tools and strategies to turn ideas into successful business startup and management.

dr. Muhammad Junaid, Dr. Sadaqat Ali Chattha, Ali Ataa, Muhammad Ubaid and a large number of teachers and students attended the session. Saqlain Sher of PTCL was the person in the seminar.

He emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship. Previously, the students of UVAS Lahore campus visited Sattarwala Teaching Hospital for practical training. Later they visited a private dairy farm.