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Prime Minister approves establishment of a Federal Medical College for Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD, May 06, 2010 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani approved establishment of a Federal Medical College for Islamabad, which will cater for the needs of students of Islamabad and also have reserved seats for all the provinces as well as FATA, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. All the federal government hospitals in Islamabad will be affiliated with the Federal Medical College. The state of the art TRAUMA CENTRE being constructed by the UAE government in the premises of PIMS which would also be associated with the Medical College. The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Health to complete all the modalities and formalities to ensure that the classes in the Federal Medical College commence from the next academic year i.e. November 2010. He emphasized that merit be upheld both in selection of teaching faculty as well as admission of students in the College. As regards the Hepatitis Programme, the Prime Minister expressed concern over the progress and directed the Ministry of Health to maximize its efforts so that the benefit could reach at the grass root level. He further asked that adequate awareness campaign be launched to educate the people about the disease and methods of prevention. He directed the Ministry of Health that no syringe be allowed to be imported, manufactured or sold which is not auto-disabled. He asked that necessary legislation in this respect be under taken at the earliest. The Prime Minister took the above decisions and issued directions during a special meeting on health held here at the Prime Ministers House this afternoon. The Prime Minister stated that Health Sector is a priority area and the government is fully committed to ensure that every citizen must have access to basic health facilities. He directed the Ministry of Health to hold meeting with the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission as well as with the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance for appropriate allocation to Health Sector in the next Budget. The Prime Minister while noting the fact that health is also the responsibility of the provinces asked the Ministry of Health to work out details through the Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry with the objective to improving the existing health facilities for the common man. In the same context, he asked the Ministry of Health to hold consultation with all the stakeholders in preparing mechanism for pricing regulation of drugs and medicines. Earlier the Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahbuddin and Secretary Health Mr. Khushnood Akhtar Lashari briefed the Prime Minister on issues concerning the Health Sector and the Ministry of Health. They also apprised the Prime Minister on the progress of various programmes and developments after the approval of NFC Award and the enactment of 18th Amendment. Ms. Yasmeen Rehman, MNA and senior government officers were present in the meeting.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 6, 2010
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