Shalimar Hospital gets Rs 50 million grant cheque

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LAHORE: Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawja Salman Rafiq, on behalf of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, gave a cheque of Rs 50 million as annual grant to a representative of the Shalimar Trust Hospital (STH) on Monday.
Health Parliamentary Secretary Khawaja Imran Nazir, Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz and other senior officers of the department were present on the occasion. 
Talking to the press, Rafiq said that the Punjab government would continue to patronise and provide financial assistance to such institutions, which were rendering valuable services to the humanity. 
He said that the STH was upgrading its different specialties, including cardiology, and was providing good treatment facilities to the masses. 
He said that the government was seriously considering doubling the annual grant of the STH up to Rs 100 million.
Meanwhile, Rafiq has said that no leniency will be shown to substandard and illegal blood banks and that stringent laws are being formulated to monitor these banks in the province.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of the Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (PBTA) at the Institute of Blood Transfusion on Monday. Health Parliamentary Secretary Khawaja Imran Nazir, Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz and other officials attended the meeting.
Rafiq directed the officials concerned to accelerate the pace of registration of blood banks for ensuring safe transfusion facility to patients. 
The meeting decided that all blood banks would be intimated through advertisements in the print media to get themselves registered with the PBTA within three months after which failing banks would be sealed. The meeting also recommended taking strict action against substandard and fake blood banks in the province. 
Khawaja Nazir said that things would not be streamlined without taking strict action against defaulters. 

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