Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has decided to take a thorough presentation on the percentage/coverage of immunization/vaccination of children under the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in the country as well as a separate report on the statistics of the polio programme and what is being done to control the damage that has been done in recent past resulting in higher number of cases.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Khushbakht Shujaat here at the Parliament House on Wednesday and was attended among others by Senators Behramand Tangi, Dr. Asad Ashraf, Dr. Mehr Taj Roughani, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Dr. Ghous Bakhsh Niazi, Dilawar Khan, Joint Secretary Health and senior officials from government departments.
The Committee discussed in detail the matters of injustice in promotion cases in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, mushroom growth of private hospitals and clinics in Islamabad, appointments in Health Service Academy, Delay in functioning of healthcare authority, promotion of medical students to next classes in case of compartment of paper(s).
The Committee recommended that the budget session allowance should be granted to the doctors and paramedical staff that works beyond their routine work hours in the Parliament House on the analogy of other government departments who get the allowance. The ministry told the Committee that there is no second opinion on the matter and the delay occurred only due to lack of finances for which summary has been moved.