CM Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has allowed the implementation of “Cyberknife Technology” at Jinnah Hospital Lahore and Nishtar Hospital Multan. Using this technology, patients will obtain free sophisticated treatments and will be treated for terminal diseases such as cancer and tumors, as well as other complex disorders. Doctors in the appropriate fields will obtain advanced training in operating this technology and administering treatment regimens. Prior to this initiative, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) Radiation Oncology Department, which also delivered Tomotherapy to patients, had access to CyberKnife Technology. Doctor Yasmeen Rashid stated:
Cyberknife treatment for cancer patients in Punjab is now available through the Sehat Sahulat Card, and data on cancer patients receiving treatment with this card will be collected.
Cyberknife technology provides a non-invasive treatment alternative for both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, as well as other conditions where radiation therapy is prescribed. It is used to treat a variety of conditions across the body, including prostate, lung, brain, spine, head & neck, liver, pancreatic, kidney, and gynecologic issues. It can also be used instead of surgery for some individuals with inoperable or difficult-to-operate cancers.
During a meeting, the CM announced that this approach has been integrated into the Punjab government’s Health Card Program via Ghurki Hospital.
He also stated that the government would consider giving Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore the status of a university, and that relevant legislation would be finalized following an early decision.
Dr. Abdul Majeed Ch. of the AIMC, Dr. Nadeem Hafeez Butt., Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti., Secretary of Finance., and Special Secretary of Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education attended the meeting. Furthermore, the CM directed the administration to complete the preparations on schedule while maintaining CCTV surveillance of entry and exit points and presided over a meeting to discuss plans, security measures, and other topics for Raiwind Ijtima. He stated that, in addition to more patrolling officers, more cameras should be placed for this reason. He also suggested that extra wardens be engaged to guarantee that traffic flows smoothly.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Punjab’s health minister, met with State Life Insurance Company personnel on Thursday. In Lahore, Chairman Shoaib Javed, Divisional Head Muhammad Ashar, and Regional Chief Dr. Noor represented State Life Insurance Company.
Finance Secretary was added. Shahida Farrukh, AS Technical Dr. Hafiz Shahid Latif, Saqib Aziz, CEO of the Punjab Healthcare Commission, Shamshad Ali Khan, COO of the Punjab Health Initiative Management Company, Hasnat Ahmed, Mian Zahid ul Rehman, and other pertinent officials were in attendance. During the meeting, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, the province health minister, discussed with the State Life Insurance Company team about the card’s provision of cyberknife and other services.
According to State Life Insurance Company Chairman Shoaib Javed, the Department of Specialized Health Care and Medical Education will receive full Company support for the Card, and they are already taking the first steps to provide the greatest facilities.
According to statistics, almost 2.4 million people in Punjab have received free medical care through health cards, totaling more than Rs 54 billion. A total of 794 governmental and private organizations have been designated to provide free medical services in conjunction with this card.
According to Dr. Yasmin Rashid, they are aiming to provide the maximum benefits to the people of Punjab with this card. In Punjab, more than 55,100 patients have already benefited from free cardiac angiography. Furthermore, over 50,800 women have had free access to standard delivery services, and over 210,000 women have undergone free cesarean sections.
Thanks to this card, over 36,000 people in Punjab have had free hernia surgery, over 36,100 people have received free chemotherapy, and over 165,000 people have received free eye treatment.