Balochistan cabinet gives go-ahead for first ever rescue force

09:59 PM | 21 Dec, 2018
Balochistan cabinet gives go-ahead for first ever rescue force
ISLAMABAD – Provincial Health Minister Mir Naseebullah Marri Friday said provincial cabinet had given approval for establishing an independent rescue authority in order to provide proper first aid and ambulance facility during emergencies.

Talking to APP, the minister said, “If there was need to get approval from the provincial assembly then the bill will be tabled in the next assembly session whereas the rescue authority would be functionalized within one month".

The provincial government was working to ensure better health facilities for the poor people of the province, he added.

Marri said, “Balochistan has scattered population and it is an uphill task for the people to shift the patients to hospitals from far-flung areas especially when the patients are in serious condition.” The setting up of such proper rescue service would end the miseries of ailing masses, he added.

He said the new recruitment would be started soon for the functionalizing of the authority however the existing human resources would also be utilized.

He said in the first phase the rescue operation under the establishment of authority would start from Quetta and later it would be expanded in overall province whereas the chief minister would be supervising the authority directly.

He said plan was in pipeline to convert the district headquarters hospitals to solar energy, for this purpose provincial government had sent the summary to the federal government for financial assistance, he added.

The government has been establishing free health camps in the far flung areas of the province where there was no government hospital to ensure basic health facilities for the citizens, he informed.

He said, “Balochistan has been hit by the hardest drought season which mostly had impacts over children causing malnutrition whereas the health department is working to address the issue.”

He said consequently several measures were taken by health department with the collaboration of donor agencies and partners to provide food and milk to the malnourished children in the province.

He also stressed the need to create awareness about mother and child healthcare among the masses. “We are organizing a conference next month in Quetta to impart basic education and health guidelines to the citizens for better health standards and practices,” he added.

He said there was lack of the doctors in the province and the provincial government was appointing almost 509 doctors to ensure round the clock availability of skilled and expert healthcare physicians to the patients.

We were posting the expert doctors serving in the urban regions of the province to the hospitals in far flung areas on doubled salary and incentives, he said.

He urged the stakeholders to join hands with the provincial government for the betterment of health facilities in the province.

He underscored the fact that the condition of hepatitis disease was alarming in the province whereas his constituency (Kohlu) was at high risk due to unavailability of clean drinking water.

He said a special programme to adopt precautionary measures and eliminate hepatitis would be started soon under which people affected by the disease would be screened and vaccinated against hepatitis free of charge at their door step.

The minister said government was ensuring the availability of medicines, modern surgical equipments in every government hospitals of the province.

He said, “We were providing proper training to the technical staff to enable them to use technological equipments in the hospitals and then reappointing them in the hospitals of far flung areas.”


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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