Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Punjab Minister for Health, announced on Monday that the province’s cancer hospitals have been accepted into the Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card Program.
The minister made the announcement while chairing a meeting at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Center to review the facilities and services available to cancer patients (SH&ME).
Ajmal Bhatti, Special Secretary, informed the minister of the steps taken in this regard, while experts from the public and private hospitals shared their recommendations.
During the meeting, the minister directed the officials to speed up the completion of PC-1 of oncology centers in nine divisions.
“A state-of-the-art centralized nerve center is being planned, and 12 cancer centers are being upgraded to control cases and assist patients,” Dr. Yasmin explained.
The minister also stated that special courses for cancer technologists would be launched, as well as cancer clinical guidelines.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid stated that the department would reassess progress on cancer patient initiatives in ten days.
Ahmed Javed Qazi, SH&ME Secretary, Professor Mehmud Shaukat, Additional Secretary, Dr. Hafiz Shahid Latif, Professor Javed Chaudhry, Dr. Irfan, Dr. Sharifur Rehman, Dr. Kausar Bano, and many oncologists were in attendance.