Caretaker setup maintained impartiality since first day: CM Askari | Pakistan Today

Caretaker setup maintained impartiality since first day: CM Askari

–Chief secretary for best healthcare facilities at PIMS, UCH

LAHORE: Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi on Sunday said the interim government had maintained impartiality since the day it took charge. “We have fulfilled our promise of holding free and fair elections, which was our main responsibility,” he said.

In a statement issued here, the chief minister also said that the caretaker setup had succeeded with the cooperation of the people and all departments had played their active role in the holding of transparent, neutral and impartial elections.

“They discharged their responsibilities as a team and we pay homage to all those who played their role in fulfilling this national obligation.”

CM Askari also said the interim government worked with diligence and determination to fulfil its responsibility and all political parties were given a level playing field for the polls.

Separately, the chief minister expressed grief and sorrow over the death of four people in a roof collapse incident in Sargodha.

He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and directed the administration to provide best medical aid to the injured besides seeking a report of the incident.


Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Durrani, accompanied by Specialised Healthcare Secretary Saqib Zafar, visited Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) to review the facilities being provided to the patients. He inspected different sections of the institute and asked the patients about the quality of facilities being offered.

PIMH Executive Director Dr Mudasar Hameed Qureshi, at the occasion, briefed that at least 1,000 patients were under treatment at the hospital. He said that, at present, the institute was facing an acute shortage of doctors and staff. Besides initiating recruitment of staff at the institute, a case had also been forwarded to Punjab Public Service Commission for the appointment of grade 17 officers, he added.

The chief secretary ordered that a 100-bed centre for the rehabilitation of drug addicts be made functional at the earliest and recruitment of doctors and staff be completed on priority basis. He also issued instructions for the planting of more trees at the hospital so that a better environment could be provided to the patients.

He also checked the quality of food and cleanliness standards in the kitchen of the hospital.

Earlier, the chief secretary visited United Christian Hospital (UCH) in Gulberg. During his visit, he directed Specialised Healthcare Secretary Saqib Zafar to submit a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate the hospital and stated that the hospital could be helpful in efforts to provide quality healthcare to patients under public-private partnership.

CS Durrani opined that nursing and medical technicians courses could be started, using the spacious building of UCH.

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