The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulation and Coordinationon Thursday was held at Parliament House, on Wednesday.
Chaired by Senator Sikandar Mandhro, the meeting was attended by Senator Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Senator Dr. Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar and senior officers from Ministry of Health along with all concerned. Federal Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan was also present.
The Committee took up the issue of grant of budget honoraria arrears to the medical and para-medical staff working in the dispensary of the Parliament House announced by the Finance Minister for employees serving within the corridors of the Parliament. The Committee took serious notice of the summary pending since the past 11 months. Federal Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan assured the Committee that he will look into the matter personally and ensure that it is sorted out at the earliest. The Committee directed that all correspondence and documentation regarding this issue must be submitted to the Committee and representatives of the ECC and the Finance Ministry must be summoned.
Discussing the rise in Covid 19 cases; the Committee was informed that a 2.4 percent rise has been observed, which even though not alarming must be taken seriously. Federal Minister for Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan stated that gatherings are the main cause f virus spread. School compliance levels were high, he added. He asserted that provinces must take stringent measures to ensure SOP implementation. The Committee recommended that the Health Ministry must take strong measures to ensure availability of masks to the masses for free. If not, at least steps must be taken to ensure affordability. The matter was disposed off.
Deliberating over the issue of transfers of doctors in Poly Clinic the Committee was assured that all details will be submitted to the Committee within two weeks.