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Prime Ministerial candidate for the Pakistan Muslim-League-Qaid (PML-Q) party, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, gestures as he speaks during an interview with an unseen AFP correspondent in Lahore on February 14, 2008. The PML-Q's candidate to be prime minister if it wins the polls, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, says the reason for the absence of Musharraf in their campaigning materials was simply to keep in line with the law."Under the constitution the president is above politics, and nobody can use his name, his photograph. This doesn't mean we have left him," Elahi told AFP in an interview at his imposing Lahore family home. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read ARIFALI/AFP/Getty Images)

CM Ch Parvez Elahi seeks plan to Solarise Govt hospitals

Lahore, October 4:

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi ordered the completion of health projects on the fast track and asked for a workable plan to shift government hospitals to solar energy in a phased manner.

While presiding over a meeting to review ongoing health sector projects, the CM ordered a full assessment of the solarization of the hospitals and approved funds for the construction of the dental hospital in Jubilee Town. He directed to complete the Institute of Child Health under a public-private partnership and said that the mother and child block of Ganga Ram Hospital should be completed this month. Similarly, he said that the upgradation of DHQ hospitals in Gujranwala and Sahiwal should be completed soon. The DHQ hospital in Gujranwala was being developed as a 500-bed teaching hospital while DHQ hospital Sahiwal would be designed as a 773-bed teaching hospital to provide the best healthcare facilities to the patients.

The CM directed that the installation of 30 dialysis machines and other equipment in the 250-bed Institute of Urology and Transplantation Rawalpindi should be completed soon and the outdoor and emergency block of Fateh Muhammad Buzdar Institute of Cardiology DG Khan be made functional as soon as possible. He approved in principle the release of funds for the installation of a pet scan and cyclotron machine in Nishtar Hospital Multan.

The 256-bed trauma centre and emergency of Jinnah Hospital would be operationalised soon. The CM also approved the funds for installing the latest machine in the oncology ward of Jinnah Hospital. The meeting was told that a 200-bed emergency ward will be completed in General Hospital Arfa Karim Tower in the first phase.

Provincial Minister Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Dr Yasmin Rashid, Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, former principal secretary GM Sikander, finance secretary and health department officials attended the meeting.

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