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PHC and UNICEF to Collaborate for Improving Healthcare Service

PHC and UNICEF to Collaborate for Improving Healthcare Service


admin | February 8, 2018 | category: Health and Beauty

PHC and UNICEF to collaborate for improving healthcare service. The Punjab Healthcare Commission and UNICEF will work together to improve the quality of maternal,neonatal and child healthcare in the province, which was agreed at a meeting held at the PHC office here on Thursday.

The UNICEF delegation was led by Chief Health UNICEF Pakistan Dr Kennedy Ongwae, while Chief Operating Officer Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan headed the Commission’s senior management. Dr Ongwae mentioned that according to the UNICEF’s new Country Programme (2018-2022), one of the most important areas of work in healthcare delivery is ‘quality of care’ and adherence to required quality standards. He added that the UNICEF was approaching experts in quality care, organisations and authorities working in this field to ensure that infants ‘survive and thrive’ in Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan briefed the delegation about the PHC and the various aspects of its mandate. He said the Commission was the first autonomous statutory regulatory body in the SAARC region working to continuously improvethe quality of healthcare services and regulate both public and private sectors. He also enlisted various steps the Commission had taken to improve the quality of healthcare service delivery across a broad spectrum of healthcare establishments, ranging from large, multi-speciality hospitals to homeopathic clinics, basic health units, clinics of general practitioners, etc. He added that the PHC was in the process of developing MSDS for sub-specialities of various fields, and was also working on defining Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) for the midwifery centres, maternal and child health centres and family welfare centres, for which it had conducted a number of consultative workshops to solicit expert opinion and the feedback of various stakeholders.

Speaking about the PHC’s other regulatory initiatives, he stated that the Commission had trained more than 11,000 healthcare establishments to implement MSDS and improve the quality of services. “Simultaneously, the registration and licensing of healthcare establishments is also going on. So far, around 40,000 healthcare service providers have registered with the Commission and over 25,000 establishments have been provisionally licensed,” he said, adding that in fulfilling other aspects of its mandate, the PHC had sealed more than 7,000 fake treatment centres of quacks and was continuously carrying out operations across the province to combat quackery in all its forms and manifestations.

Members of the UNICEF delegation appreciated the Commission’s efforts towards improving the quality of healthcare services in Punjab and agreed to collaborate to improve the quality of healthcare service delivery at the MCH centres, family welfare centres, Basic Health Units, etc., to develop Centres of Excellence, specifically in areas where the coverage of these services is low.

The UNICEF delegation comprised MNCH Specialist Dr Samia Rizwan, Health Specialist Dr Rana Mushtaq Hussain, MNCH & HIV Officer Dr Naila Shahid, Immunisation Officer Dr Qurrat-ul-Ain and Health Officer Dr Saira Khan. The PHC senior management included Director Complaints Prof Dr Riaz Tasneem, Director Licensing and Accreditation Dr Muhammad Anwar Janjua, Additional Director Quality Assurance Dr Qamar Salman and Additional Director Clinical Governance Dr Anees Qureshi.

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PHC closes down 20 fake treatment centres of quacks

PHC Closes Down 20 Fake Treatment Centres of Quacks


admin | January 24, 2018 | category: Health and Beauty

PHC Closes Down 20 Fake Treatment Centres of Quacks.  The Punjab Healthcare Commission has closed down 20 fake treatment centres of quacks during the last two days, and initiated further proceedings against them.

According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, the businesses included 12 general quacks, four fake dentists, three bone-setters and one hakeem. In Shahdarah, six fake treatment centres Afzal Clinic, Saleem Medical Hall, Shahbaz Clinic,Asif Iqbal Clinic, Ahmed Clinic, Hussain Pharmacy and Clinic were sealed. Other areas included: Baig Dental Clinic, Manzoor Clinic, Malik Shareef PhalwanHadiJore, Galini Dawakhana, Amanat Clinic, Sajjad Clinic, Al Shifa Dental Care in Tajpura; Khushi Muhammad HadiJore, Mohsin Ayub Dental Care, HaneefHadiJore and Shahid Clinic in Ghaziabad, and Choudhry Clinic and Babur Clinic in Al Faisal town.

It is pertinent to mention here that so far the Punjab Healthcare Commission had closed down over 7,000 fake treatment centres of quacks, and imposed a fine of more than Rs54 million on them.

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PHC Suspends Surgeries in 23 Operation Theatres of 5 Hospitals

PHC Suspends Surgeries in 23 Operation Theatres of 5 Hospitals


admin | January 13, 2018 | category: Health and Beauty

PHC Suspends Surgeries in 23 Operation Theatres of 5 Hospitals. 17 hospitals served show-cause notices for not implementing MSDS. The Punjab Healthcare Commission has suspended all kinds of surgeries in 23 operation theatres of five hospitals, and issued show-cause notices to 17 healthcare establishments for violating the provisions of the PHC Act 2010 and not implementing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards.

According to the details, out of these operation theatres ten were of the Ittefaq Hospital, whereas the others included Lahore General Hospital 5, Government Teaching Hospital Shahdarah 4, Sharif Medical City Hospital 3 and Life Hospital one. Moreover, the respective administrations of these hospitals have been directed to submit laboratory reports to the Commission assuring that standardised measures have been implemented in their theatres. Also, these healthcare establishments have also been served show-cause notices.

During the last two days, the inspection teams of the PHC inspected 28 hospitals, and served show-cause notices on 22 HCEs for their failure to implement the MSDS. These hospitals included Services Hospital, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Children’s and Institute of Child Health, Gulab Devi Hospital, Wapda Teaching Hospital Complex, Doctors’ Hospital and Medical Centre, Bahria Town Hospital, Arif Memorial Teaching Hospital, Zainab Memorial Hospital, Omer Hospital, Layton Rehmatullah Benevolent Trust Hospital, Saira Memorial Hospital, KhairunnisaHospital, Horizon Hospital, Mid City Hospital, Masood Hospital and Farooq Hospital.

The spokesperson of the Commission has said that the administrations of all these hospitals have been directed to appear before the PHC committee to explain the reasons for not implementing the MSDS. “They have been also directed to ensure the MSDS implementation immediately,” he added.

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PHC initiates MSDS process for midwifery, MCH, FW centres

PHC Initiates MSDS Process for Midwifery, MCH, FW Centres


Sumera Saeed | January 11, 2018 | category: Health and Beauty

PHC Initiates MSDS Process for Midwifery, MCH, FW Centres.The Punjab Healthcare Commission has initiated the process for developing the Minimum Service Delivery Standards for category-III healthcare establishments providing services related to midwifery, mother-child healthcare and family welfare centres.

A consultative meeting of the Technical Working Group on the development of the MSDS for these centres was held on Thursday to provide expert recommendations from the relevant stakeholders and experts, which will form the framework for the proposed MSDS.

Experts from the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department, Population Welfare Department, Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition Program (IRMNC&NP), Director General Nursing, Controller Nursing Examination Board, Public Health Nursing School, Lady Willingdon Hospital and Lady Aitchison Hospital Lahore participated.

Director Clinical Governance and Organisational Standards PHC Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Salarya briefed the group about the PHC working on the MSDS for the centres and other areas. Director Complaints PHC Prof Dr Riaz Tasneem highlighted issues commonly encountered during complaints management at the Commission. Former Dean Institute of Public Health Prof Dr Maqsood Ahmad facilitated the group work and presented an initial framework for seeking expert opinion in each functional area of the midwifery practices and MCH services.

Chief Operating Office PHC Dr Mohammad Ajmal Khan,in his closing address, said the Commission was the first statutory body to develop the MSDS for different types ofhealthcare establishments, which were being implemented across the province in all the HCEs. He mentioned that the PHC was guiding other provinces for regulating the healthcare services. “The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have replicated the Punjab Healthcare Commission Act, and the federal government has done so recently,” he said, while adding that quality assurance should be made part of the medical education.

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