LAHORE – The Punjab government has entered into an agreement with Hitachi in a drive to equip all DHQ hospitals in Punjab with technologically advanced CT Scan machines.

New machines for Kasur, Vehari, Layyah, Bhakkar, Mianwali are already being installed while another five have reached at the port. Remaining should be installed by March 2018.

These state-of-the-art machines will further improve the service delivery and diagnosis for the patients.

The initiative is in continuation with the Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap, which was initiated in April 2014, to improve the quality of healthcare facilities in Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab.

In the last three years, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has quarterly reviewed the progress in the ongoing project by holding high-level meetings. Some reports have shown brilliant improvements in the percentage of fully immunised children, between the ages 12-23 months.

A new vaccine for Rotavirus, a severe infection that can lead to diarrhea and vomiting among infants and young children, is now available in 36 districts of Punjab.

The percentage of skilled birth rate attendance, which includes midwives, nurses and health professionals, has registered an upward trend as compared to previous years.

Most of the vacancies at Punjab’s Basic Health Units of medical officers were filled by September 2017.

Moreover, this year, officials interviewed over 7,000 patients at BHUs and government facilities, every month, to compile exit surveys regarding patient care and customer satisfaction.