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Free of cost angioplasty in Quetta introduced.

Quetta -- After a gap of 15 years, Balochistans civil hospitals will get angioplasty facility as the government will provide free of cost stents for 500 poor and deserving cardiac patients at two hospitals of Quetta.

This was said by Heath Minister, Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch who was addressing at a ceremony held in connection with inauguration of program to provide stents and other necessary items each worth Rs 250,000 to 500 poor and deserving cardiac patients at Bolan Medical Complex and Sandeman Civil Hospital Quetta.

Earlier, addressing the ceremony, Commander Southern Command, Lt-Gen. Nasser Khan Janjua said: "How poor cardiac patients can afford high prices stents and medicines for their treatment when even government officers could not afford them". He recalled that when he was Lt-Col in Army, he even could not afford to purchase stent for his mother who was suffering from heart disease and doctors had prescribed stent for her angioplasty.

"It will be a great service of humanity to provide free of cost medicines and other items to poor patients who could not afford their expensive treatment," he said, adding that he considered doctor to whom who served humanity with wholeheartedly. He appreciated Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch and other coalition partners of Balochistan government for providing medicines and necessary machinery to hospitals.

Provincial Health Minister, Rehmat Saleh Baloch said that a mafia was working in health department which used to put obstacles in introducing reforms in this sector. "We have commitment to discourage mafia in the Health Department and hospitals," he said, adding that a number of doctors who were drawing salaries from Balochsitan Health Department but they were living abroad instead performing their duties at the provinces hospitals.

He said that Health Department and government-run hospitals had reached on edge of destruction during last 15 years, adding that however, now the situation was improved due to reforms in this sector. "We are making serious efforts to make Balochistan a healthy, educated and peaceful province," he said.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 29, 2015
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