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2022

March

20 March 2022
PHC shutters 267 quacks’ outlets
The Punjab Healthcare Commission has shuttered 267 quacks’ outlets in 29 districts during the last three weeks.
In 2,234 raids on various types of treatment centres in different cities, enforcement teams of the PHC also found out that 587 quacks had quit their businesses, while 1,272 centres had been put under surveillance. The teams had visited 46 centres on average daily in every district. The maximum number of quackery centres sealed were 31 in Faisalabad, Gujranwala 27, Rahim Yar Khan 22, Lahore 20, Kasur 17, Rawalpindi 12, while 10 each were in Sialkot, Chakwal and Mianwali. In Lahore, Medi Link Pharmacy, Abid Clinic, Al-Noor Lab, Ali Dental Clinic, Lahore Dental Lab, Rizwan Clinic, Chicago Clinic, Sufyan Dental Clinic, Cheema Clinic, New Lahore Clinic, Medicare Maternity Hospital, Hashmi Clinic, Amna Nazir Hospital and Gynae Centre, Adnan Pharmacy, Al-Syed Welfare Dispensary, Ramzan Hadi Jorr, Hunza Dental, Sabri Clinic and Metho Clinic were closed down.
As per the spokesperson of the Commission, so far the PHC had conducted raids on more than 124,000 treatment centres, sealed 36,298 quackery outlets, while on 29,485 centres, businesses had been changed.
 
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20 March 2022
PHC shutters 267 quacks’ outlets
The Punjab Healthcare Commission has shuttered 267 quacks’ outlets in 29 districts during the last three weeks.
In 2,234 raids on various types of treatment centres in different cities, enforcement teams of the PHC also found out that 587 quacks had quit their businesses, while 1,272 centres had been put under surveillance. The teams had visited 46 centres on average daily in every district. The maximum number of quackery centres sealed were 31 in Faisalabad, Gujranwala 27, Rahim Yar Khan 22, Lahore 20, Kasur 17, Rawalpindi 12, while 10 each were in Sialkot, Chakwal and Mianwali. In Lahore, Medi Link Pharmacy, Abid Clinic, Al-Noor Lab, Ali Dental Clinic, Lahore Dental Lab, Rizwan Clinic, Chicago Clinic, Sufyan Dental Clinic, Cheema Clinic, New Lahore Clinic, Medicare Maternity Hospital, Hashmi Clinic, Amna Nazir Hospital and Gynae Centre, Adnan Pharmacy, Al-Syed Welfare Dispensary, Ramzan Hadi Jorr, Hunza Dental, Sabri Clinic and Metho Clinic were closed down.
As per the spokesperson of the Commission, so far the PHC had conducted raids on more than 124,000 treatment centres, sealed 36,298 quackery outlets, while on 29,485 centres, businesses had been changed.
 
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02 March 2022
PHC to watch service quality
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has asked Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) to monitor service quality at empanelled hospitals with the Naya Pakistan Qaumi Sehat Card in a meeting at the PHC here on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Officer Punjab Healthcare Commission Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz, Clinical Governance Director Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, Director Licensing Dr Anwar Janjua, Director Human Resource Asif Habib and Director Complaints Dr Syed Shamoon Masood.

The minister reviewed the performance of the Punjab Healthcare Commission and new initiatives. CEO PHC briefed the Minister about the performance of the Commission and new initiatives in healthcare.

The Health Minister said, “The Punjab Healthcare Commission is ensuring service quality for patients in hospitals across the province. In order to facilitate families holding Naya Pakistan Qomi Sehat Card, the treatment of patients in empaneled hospitals is being monitored regularly through the PHC. SOPs are being reviewed for ICUs of Punjab hospitals."
 
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February

21 February 2022
PHC’s special operation against quacks, seals 14 centres
RAHIM YAR KHAN – In a special operation against quacks, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has sealed 14 quackery centres.
During the last week, actions were carried out on all types of quackery centres in tehsil Khanpur and its adjoining areas. A special enforcement team of the PHC, along with the local police, had raided 69 treatment centres. Out of these, 14 outlets were sealed, which were being run by unqualified persons. These included Tehseen Medical Store, Zafar Iqbal Clinic, Arham Medical Store, Fida Clinic and Pakistan Medical Store, Al-Rehman Medical Store and Emaan Clinic, Ahtisham Medical Centre, Arshad Clinic, Qureshi Dental Clinic, Al-Syed Medical Store, Adil Pharma, Javed Clinic, Arif Clinic, Hassan Clinic and Waleed Dental Clinic.
On the other hand, treatment facilities at two branches of the Al-Medina Complex were suspended since these were not registered with the PHC. Notices have been served as well. Moreover, surveillance has been initiated of five treatment centres since qualified medics were provided treatment facilities at the time of visits, but were reported to be run by quacks.
It is pertinent to mention that so far the PHC teams had visited 1,712 treatment centres in district Rahim Yar Khan and shuttered down 1,251 outlets of the unqualified physicians, while businesses were changed on 402 centres.
 
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06 February 2022
PHC closes down 138 quackery outlets
The Punjab Healthcare Commission has shuttered 138 outlets of unqualified practitioners of medicine during the last two weeks.
The PHC enforcement teams had conducted raids on 1,400 treatment centres in 22 cities and their outskirts as per the census. Out of these, 420 quacks were found to have quit their businesses. On average, the teams had raided around 50 centres every day in each district. The maximum number of 165 outlets were raided in Lahore, and 16 centres were sealed, which included Smile Dental Care, Khan Jarrahi, Khurram Clinic, Sardar Medical Store, Akram Jarrah, Zenat Laboratory, Sabir Hadi Jorr, Aisha Poly Clinic, Al-Rehman Clinic, Nadeem Clinic, Medilink Pharmacy, Al-Shifa Clinic, Family Pharmacy, Hafiz Dental Clinic, Musa Clinic and Adnan Clinic. Major actions in other cities were: Faisalabad 12, Sargodha 9, eight each in Multan and Sahiwal, Muzaffargarh 7, six each in Sialkot, Attock, Nankana Sahab, Toba Tek Singh and Mandi Bahauddin.
A spokesperson of the PHC has also added that the Commission has raided over 118,000 thousand treatment centres across the province, and closed down 35,685 quacks’ shops.
 

January

18 January 2022
PHC directs hospitals to ensure continuous implementation of MSDS
LAHORE – The Punjab Healthcare Commission has directed private teaching hospitals to ensure continuous implementation of the minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) for further improving healthcare service delivery.
In this regard, a meeting was held here on Tuesday at the Punjab Healthcare Commission office, which was chaired by Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz, who also gave introductory remarks. The meeting was attended by Vice-Chancellor University of Health Sciences Prof Javed Akram, PHC Directors, principals and administrators of different hospitals. Opinions and suggestions were exchanged regarding implementation of the MDSD and issuance of licences to the private teaching hospitals. Heads and administrators of the hospitals vowed to implement MSDS for patient safety and improvement in the healthcare service delivery.
They also discussed various issues regarding provision of health services, and proposals for medics’ training on the Standards, and their continuous implementation for ensuring quality healthcare in hospitals. They deliberated awareness and advocacy of the MSDS, patients’ complaints, and their redressal. It was proposed in the meeting that the Commission should be given a representation in the academic council of the UHS, and both bodies should collaborate to ensure delivery of quality healthcare services in hospitals besides taking steps towards inclusion of the MSDS in the curricula.
The meeting was also given a briefing regarding the mandate and achievements of the PHC, registration of all types of healthcare establishments (HCEs), capacity-building of the health professionals and managers, inspections and method of issuance of the licences. It was also mentioned that the Commission had developed MSDS for almost all types of HCEs, and had carried out over 26,000 inspections, while around 52,000 HCEs had been registered and licensed by the PHC.
 
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06 January 2022
PHC seals illegal drug treatment centre, evacuates 133 persons
While continuing with its action against illegal healthcare establishments across the province, the Punjab Healthcare Commission on Thursday has locked down an unlawful drug treatment and rehabilitation centre after evacuating 133 inmates.
As per details, an illegal centre Guardian Home was operating under the banner of Khidmat-e-Adam Trust in Khokhar Pind near the Ring Road, Badami Bagh area. It was functioning illegally since it was neither registered nor licensed by the PHC. Its administrators had virtually ‘imprisoned’ 133 individuals, who had been made to live in subhuman living conditions camouflaged as a drug treatment and rehabilitation centre. The inmates were repeatedly subjected to torture, and were not given any kind of treatment since no psychiatrists, psychologists, medical experts or paramedical staff had been appointed. They were given substandard food without potable water. The Home did not have basic life necessities even.
Joint action was carried out by the district administration, health department, police and other departments concerned under the supervision of a PHC team. The officials evacuated 133 persons, and experts of the Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) examined them. Out of these, 123 were sent with their relatives, while 20 were admitted in the PIMH, and would be handed over to their kith and kin in due course.
The local police have initiated further action against the owners of the centre. According to an official report, nine FIRs have already been registered against the culprits.
 
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04 January 2022
Proposal for setting up of special units in hospitals to implement MSDS
To ensure continuous improvement in the healthcare service delivery and implementation of the minimum service delivery standards (MSDS), it has been proposed that special units should be created in the public-sector teaching hospitals.
This was discussed in a meeting held at the Punjab Healthcare Commission office here on Tuesday, which was presided over by Chairperson Board of Commissioners PHC Prof Dr Attiya Mubarak Khalid, while the introductory remarks to the proceedings were given by Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz. The meeting was attended by Vice-Chancellor King Edward Medical University Prof Khalid Masud Gondal, VC Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof Aamir Zaman Khan, Managing Director Children’s Hospital Prof Muhammad Saleem, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Arif Tajummal, PHC Directors, teachers of medical education, administrators of different hospitals and others concerned.
It was also proposed in the meeting that a new module, based on the MSDS and their implementation, be introduced in the training of the post-graduates of the teaching hospitals. Heads of the medical institutes and hospitals vowed to implement MSDS for further improvement in the healthcare service delivery. They also deliberated various issues of patient safety, neglected standard operating procedures, quality healthcare, and promotion of the culture of quality in hospitals. They underlined the need for awareness and advocacy regarding the MSDS and their continuous implementation, adverse event reporting mechanism and complaint management.
On this occasion, a detailed briefing was given about the mandate and achievements of the PHC. It was also mentioned that the Commission had developed MSDS for almost all kinds of healthcare establishments, and had imparted training on the Standards to health professionals and managers as part of a comprehensive training programme.
 
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2021

December

21 December 2021
PHC’s crackdown on quacks, seals 122 illegal centres
In an extensive action on quacks, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has shuttered 122 illegal treatment centres during the last two weeks.
As per details, the PHC’s enforcement teams carried out raids on 1,355 treatment centres in 23 districts of the province as per the data and complaints. From amongst the visited centres, 67 were functioning legally under qualified physicians, and 663 centres of quacks had been converted into other businesses. The maximum number of 15 illegal businesses were shuttered in Rawalpindi, 9 each in Lahore and Mianwali, 8 each in Sargodha and Khanewal and seven in Dera Ghazi Khan. In Lahore, Madix Clinical Lab, Nafees Dental Clinic, Gulfam Clinic, Makkah Medical Store, Waqar Shafakhana, Asif Clinic, Ali Dental Clinic, Ijaz Clinic and Madni Clinic were closed down.
As per the spokesperson of the PHC, the Commission has so far raided over 113,000 treatment centres, and closed down 35,000 quacks’ outlets, while on 27,210 quackery centres, businesses have been changed.
 
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November

24 November 2021
CEO PHC for ensuring implementation of MSDS
Chief Executive Officer Punjab Healthcare Commission Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz has said that the PHC is ensuring implementation of the minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) in all healthcare establishments of the province to provide better treatment facilities to the patients.
He said this in a briefing at the Cancer Care Hospital and Research Centre here on Wednesday. Dr Saqib Aziz and his team visited various departments of the healthcare establishment. The hospital administration gave a detailed briefing about treatment and diagnostic arrangements and facilities being provided to the cancer patients. Director Licencing and Accreditation PHC Dr Muhammad Anwar Janjua, Medical Superintendent and others concerned were also present on the occasion.
Dr Saqib Aziz also mentioned that the PHC had trained managers and healthcare professionals on their respective MSDS, and all healthcare establishments were implementing Standards. While assuring complete implementation of the MSDS in the hospital during his briefing to the visiting delegation, Chairperson Cancer Care Hospital Prof Dr Shaharyar said the hospital was being equipped with the latest treatment facilities and beds keeping the growing number of patients in mind. He also talked about the cancer patients and their difficulties in getting proper treatment.
 
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21 November 2021
PHC’s crackdown on quacks on 32 districts
While continuing with its crackdown on illegal treatment centres across the province, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has carried out raids on 2,028 raids treatment centres in 32 districts, and shuttered 198 illegal outlets during the last three weeks.
The PHC enforcement teams, accompanied by the police, have raided treatment centres as per the census, and complaints, received from different sources. Out of the visited centres, 101 were found to have been functioning legally since qualified physicians were treating patients, while 597 quacks had closed down their centres, fearing PHC raids.
The major crackdowns were carried out in Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Lahore, where 19, 17 and 16 illegal centres respectively were locked down. In other prominent cities, 10 backstreet treatment outlets were sealed in Jhang, Rahim Yar Khan 9, eight each in Sialkot, Vehari, Sahiwal, Muzaffargarh and Faisalabad and seven in Bahawalpur. In Lahore, Shabbir Pharmacy, Azaan Medical Store, Jannat Clinic, Glass Hut, Shabbir Medical Store, Maryum Dental Surgery House, Naushahi Dawakhana, Laiba Free Dispensary, Rehmiya Clinic, Asif Clinic, Shahid Medical Store, Farhan Clinic, Iqbal Homoeo Clinic, Sajjad Dental Clinic, Shagufta Clinic and Ilyas Clinic were sealed.
On the other hand, so far the PHC had closed down 34,763 quacks’ outlets, and its teams had raided over 111,000 centres, while 26,550 quacks had quit their illegal businesses.
 
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October

31 October 2021
PHC seals 112 illegal treatment centres
As per details, the PHC enforcement teams had checked 1,290 centres in 19 cities during the last two weeks. Out of these, businesses had been changed on 389 quackery outlets, while on 55, qualified physicians had started providing treatment facilities to the patients. Major actions were taken in Lahore and Rawalpindi where 14 and 12 centres respectively were closed down. In other cities, 9 were shuttered in Sargodha, 8 each in Narowal, Vehari and Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal 7, and 6 each in Sialkot, Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh and Bahawalpur.
In Lahore, Shahid Dental Clinic, Rehmani Clinic, Gulshan Tufail Clinic, Waqas Pharmacy, Yaseen Sanyasi, Al-Rehman Dental Clinic, Kaliar Medical Store, Sajjad Homoeo Clinic, Hafiz Dental Clinic, Azeem Medical Complex, Ali Health Clinic, Shahid Clinic, Yasir Clinic and Shahid Medical Centre was closed down.
The spokesperson has also added that the PHC has so far visited over 109,000 treatment centres, shuttered 34, 441, while 25,928 quacks have changed their businesses.
 
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29 October 2021
Punjab, Sindh healthcare commissions join hands
The healthcare commissions of Punjab and Sindh will collaborate to further improve the healthcare service delivery systems of both provinces, and working groups will be constituted to benefit from their respective ambits of functioning.
This was decided between the two sides here on Friday in a meeting held at the PHC office. Chief Executive Officer Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) Dr Ahson Qavi Siddiqi led a seven-member delegation comprising directors of various departments. CEO Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz led his team. Directors and heads of departments of both Commissions gave detailed briefings about their respective areas. The officials discussed various aspects and issues of quality assurance in the healthcare service delivery, implementation of rules and regulations, minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) and their enforcement in the healthcare establishments (HCEs) of both provinces. The visiting delegates appreciated the PHC for its success in bringing reforms to the provincial health sector.
While welcoming the SHCC delegation, Dr Saqib Aziz briefed it about the regulatory framework, jurisdiction, working, mandate and achievements of the PHC. He suggested the formation of a national coordination committee of all the provincial healthcare commissions for mutual learning, similar and equal implementation of health reforms, rules and regulations across Pakistan. Dr Ahson Siddiqi briefed the meeting about the SHCC, and its performance regarding anti-quackery, registration and licences, rules and regulations, MSDS and their enforcement. He also pointed out areas for mutual collaboration and learning.
The visiting delegates were briefed about the PHC’s performance, and they were told that so far the Commission had registered more than 64,000 and licensed over 41,000 HCEs besides preparing the MSDS for all kinds of treatment facilities and enforcement of the Standards in the HCEs. About the training of the health professionals on the MSDS, it was mentioned that the Commission had trained over 25,000 health professionals of more than 20,000 HCEs to implement the Standards, and carried out around 26,000 inspections of the HCEs to ensure enforcement of the MSDS. The delegates were told about the international recognitions given to the PHC for its successes. About its anti-quackery drive, the visiting delegation was told that so far the Commission had sealed 34,345 illegal treatment centres, while its enforcement teams had carried out raids on more than 108,000 outlets, while 25,422 quacks had quit their illegal businesses.
 
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17 October 2021
PHC seals 223 fake centres in 28 cities.
The Punjab Healthcare Commission has closed down 223 fake treatment centres in 28 cities of the province, while four quacks have been booked for illegally desealing outlets.
According to details, the Rahim Yar Khan police have registered first information reports (FIRs) against four quacks of Sadiqabad for illegally desealing their sealed outlets. On the other hand, the PHC enforcement teams had raided 2,116 treatment centres during the last three weeks, and shuttered 223 outlets. Also, as per the census data, 589 quacks were found to have quit their illegal businesses, while the PHC teams would continue surveillance of 1,125 centres.
Major actions were carried out in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad where 19 centres each were closed down. The rest included 15 in Pakpattan, Lahore 14, thirteen each in Multan and Khushab, 11 each in Chakwal and Nankana Sahab, and 10 in Kasur. The majority of the quacks’ outlets shuttered in Lahore were being run as of the general physicians, which were Shahzad Clinic, Khalid Clinic, Tahir Clinic, Sheikh Clinic, Afzal Clinic, Arif Clinic, Sarwar Clinic, Dilshad Clinic, Ma’Sha’Allah Clinic, Akbar Clinic, Razzaq Clinic, Maqsood Clinic, Mumtaz Homoeopathic Clinic, Faiz Health Centre, and AA Khan Dental Surgeon.
“So far, the Commission had sealed 34,345 illegal treatment centres, while its enforcement teams had carried out raids on more than 108,000 outlets, while 25,422 quacks had quit their illegal businesses,” added the PHC spokesperson.
 
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13 October 2021
Online Capacity Building session of private hospitals staff on reporting of dengue cases
Punjab Healthcare Commission arranged an online capacity building session of private hospitals staff on reporting of dengue cases on Dengue Dashboard on 13-10-2021, to ensure timely, regular and accurate reporting of dengue cases. PITB representatives delivered a comprehensive interactive lecture on all aspects of Dengue dashboard, especially how to enter beds allocation for dengue patients. About 300 participants from more than 100 private hospitals, across Punjab, attended this capacity building session. CEO Punjab Healthcare Commission thanks the participants and emphasized on timely and accurate reporting on dengue dashboard.
 
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05 October 2021
Online capacity building session of medical and paramedical staff of private hospitals on Dengue Management
Punjab Healthcare Commission arranged an online capacity building session of medical and paramedical staff of private hospitals on Dengue Management on 05-10-2021, to ensure availability of trained staff at private hospitals, to treat Dengue patients. Dr Khalid Mahmud Khan, Professor of Internal Medicine - Allama Iqbal Medical College and expert in Dengue Management delivered a comprehensive interactive lecture on all aspects of Dengue Management, especially Prevention and Clinical Management of Dengue patients. About 300 participants from more than 100 private hospitals, across Punjab, attended this capacity building session. CEO Punjab Healthcare Commission thanks the participants and emphasised on applying this knowledge in treatment of Dengue Patients.
 
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September

30 September 2021
PHC is ensuring best treatment facilities for dengue patients, Dr Saqib Aziz
The Punjab Healthcare Commission is ensuring the provision of the best treatment facilities to the dengue patients in all hospitals of the province, and their contingency plans are ready and in case a need arises, their capacities stand enhanced to accommodate more patients.
This is was stated by Chief Executive Officer Punjab Healthcare Commission Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz during his visit to Doctors Hospital and National Hospital on Friday. Director Licencing and Accreditation PHC Dr Muhammad Anwar Janjua and Commission’s inspection teams were also present on the occasion. These visits were made to inspect the arrangements for treating the dengue patients, and enhance capacities of the healthcare establishments in case patients’ inflow increases. The respective administrations of these hospitals gave detailed briefings about treatment and diagnostic arrangements and facilities for patients, contingency plans, and enhancing the number of beds and fulfilling corresponding requirements. Dr Saqib Aziz and his teams visited front desks, CBC counters, wards and High Dependency and Intensive Care units, where doctors and staff concerned briefed them about diagnosis and treatment of the dengue patients and their reporting on the Dash Board of the Health Department.
While expressing his satisfaction with the arrangements made, the CEO PHC directed the hospitals’ administration to further improve arrangements. “The Punjab Healthcare Commission is making continuous efforts to provide best treatment facilities to patients, and especially for the dengue patients, requisite arrangements have been ensured in all hospitals besides enhancing their capacities to treat more patients,” said Dr Saqib Aziz.
 
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26 September 2021
PHC’s crackdown on quacks in 25 cities, raids 1,340 treatment points
In its continuous anti-quackery campaign during the last two weeks, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has conducted raids on 1,340 treatment centres in 25 cities, and sealed 157 quackery outlets.
As per details, the raids were carried out on almost all types of healthcare establishments (HCEs) including hospitals, laboratories and aesthetic centres. Out of these, businesses were found to have changed on 325 fake centres. Moreover, 703 centres have been put under surveillance to check any attempt to restart quackery since qualified persons were running these centres at the time of raids.
In Lahore, a maximum number of 15 fake treatment centres were closed down, which were Iqbal Medical Centre, Sindhu Clinic, Imtiaz Clinic, Beauty Perfections, Sheikh Clinic, Muhammad Iqbal Medical and General Store, Hanif Clinic, Ch Tariq Dental Surgery, Shafique Clinic, Naseer Dental Care Centre, Zahra Clinic and Maternity Centre, Tanveer Clinic, Alamgir Homoeopathic Clinic, Shaikh Clinic and Masood Pharmacy. The number of shuttered centres in other cities included 14 each in Sheikhupura and Hafizabad, 11 each in Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Jhelum and Multan, 7 each in Nankana Sahab and Dera Ghazi Khan, 6 each in Attock and Narowal, Khanewal 5, four each in Bhakkar, Toba Tek Singh, Lodharan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar, 3 each in Faisalabad, Kasur and Sialkot, two each in Mianwali, Okara and Chakwal and one in Gujrat. These comprised a large number of clinical and diagnostic laboratories, which were neither registered with the PHC nor employed qualified persons. The rest, among the sealed centres, were quacks posing as general physicians, maternity homes, hakeems, homoeopathic doctors, opticians, dentists and bone-setters.
A spokesperson of the Commission also added that so far the PHC had raided over 105,000 treatment centres as per the census, shuttered 34,019 quackery outlets, while around 25,000 quacks had been found to have quit their businesses.
 
15 September 2021
TAC PHC approves MSDS for psychiatric and addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Punjab Healthcare Commission on Wednesday has approved the minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) for the psychiatric and addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres.
Convener TAC Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf Nizami presided over the meeting, which was held here at the PHC office. Prof Nizami applauded the TAC for developing the MSDS, and appreciated its members for extensive consultations on the draft of Standards. Besides deliberating on the draft, the TAC members also commended the PHC for its role in developing the MSDS and ensuring the regulatory framework.
Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz thanked the TAC members, and praised the Committee for its consultations and outlining the MSDS as per the PHC Act 2010. He assured the members of the implementation of their suggestions regarding improvements in the healthcare service delivery and enforcement of PHC rules and regulations. He also expressed his resolve for implementing PHC`s regulatory framework and MSDS for patients’ treatment. He told the meeting about a recent action of the PHC against an illegal drug addiction treatment centre, and the evacuation of around 80 individuals, who were kept in subhuman conditions. “With the enforcement and implementation of the MSDS, such illegal entities would be finished, while legal and standardized centres would function only,” he said, adding that the PHC would continue its action against all illegal centres.
Director Clinical Governance PHC Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Salariya gave a detailed overview of the Commission, and highlighted salient features of the MSDS for the psychiatric and addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres. He mentioned that the Commission had developed MSDS for 14 different types of healthcare establishments, which were being implemented across all diagnostic and treatment facilities. “The Standards for the psychiatric and addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres encompass all stages from the admission of a patient to his safe stay and treatment,” he said.
 
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12 September 2021
PHC seals 4 hospitals, 92 backstreet treatment centres
LAHORE – In its major anti-quackery actions during the last week, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has sealed four hospitals, and 92 backstreet treatment centres.
The closed down hospitals – Hammad Children and General Hospital, Jannat Medical and Surgical, Ali City Hospital and Sarim Surgical Hospital – were functional in district Rahim Yar Khan in contravention to various rules and regulations of the PHC.
On the other hand, a total of 704 raids were conducted in 12 districts. Two major anti-quackery actions were carried out in Muzaffargarh and Rawalpindi districts to seal 12 and 11 centres of quacks respectively. Also, 9 each backstreet treatment centres were shuttered in Okara and Chiniot, Multan 8, seven each in Gujrat and Chakwal, Pakpattan 6, five each in Lahore and Jhang, while four each in Attock and Rajanpur. In Lahore, Tahir Poly Clinic, Chand Medical Store and Clinic, Rasool Free Dispensary, Biotech Lahore Lab Collection Centre and Shahid Clinic were closed down. Moreover, the PHC enforcement teams will continue surveillance of 413 healthcare establishments, while as per the data, another 156 centres of quacks have been converted into other businesses.
 
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05 September 2021
PHC raids 722 treatment centres, seals 87 quacks’ businesses
Out of the visited centres, the PHC will continue surveillance of 353 treatment centres, whereas 201 quacks’ shops have been either shutdown or converted into other businesses. The enforcement teams had cumulatively carried out 230 raids in Rawalpindi and Jhelum, while sealing 12 and 9 centres respectively in these two districts. The rest included 9 each in Lahore and Sahiwal, 7 each in Faisalbad and Gujranwala, 6 each in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Sialkot, Khanewal 5, four each in Bahawalnagar and Hafizabad, and 3 in Sargodha. In Lahore, Saadat Clinic, Jamshed Clinic, Allah Hoo Homoeopathic Clinic, Asif Clinic, Al-Shifa Clinic, MI Dental Care, Akhat Homoeo Clinic, Usman Clinic and Qalbish Inqalab Clinic were sealed.
According to the Commission’s spokesperson, so far the PHC teams had raided around one lac and three thousand centres, and closed down 33,671 quackery outlets, while quacks had been fine over Rs767.83 million.
 
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August

31 August 2021
Orientation Seminar on Service Delivery Standards for Midwifery/Family Planning Services
The maternal mortality ratio can be substantially decreased by fully implementing the minimum standards delivery standards (MSDS) for midwifery and family planning services of the Punjab Healthcare Commission.
This was observed by health experts here on Tuesday at an orientation seminar on service delivery standards, held jointly by the PHC, Population Welfare Department and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This session was arranged to impart training and awareness to the practising doctors and Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) regarding MSDS for category-III healthcare establishments providing services related to midwifery, mother-child healthcare and family planning. The seminar was chaired by Chairperson Board of Commissioners PHC Prof Dr Attiya Mubarak Khalid, while Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz, provincial secretary Population Welfare Department Muhammad Masood Mukhtar and Technical Specialist Shoaib Ahmed Shahzad were present as well. They talked about giving the best treatment facilities to pregnant mothers. They believed that the ever-increasing population was creating a lot of issues for the country, and the resources were thinning with every passing day.
Prof Dr Attiya Mubarak, while appreciating the stakeholders for developing the MSDS and ensuring their implementation, said the PHC was the first to develop the Standards, and now the other provinces were following into the footsteps of the Commission, and its senior management was helping the healthcare commissions of the country. She observed that the maternal mortality ratio could be substantially decreased by fully implementing the MSDS for midwifery and family planning services. “Majority of complaints, received by the Commission, are regarding cases of medical negligence in gynae,” she added. Masood Mukhtar believed that the increase in population had drawn heavily on resources of the country, and awareness was a must for controlling the population. “The private sector should play its due role for a better future of Pakistan and its people,” he said. While appreciating the PHC for the orientation seminars on MSDS, Shoaib Shahzad also underlined the need for taking steps to control the population and bring awareness among the masses.
Director Clinical Governance PHC Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Salarya gave a briefing about working on the MSDS for the centres. He said the Commission was the first statutory body to develop the MSDS for different types of healthcare establishments, which were being implemented across the province in all the HCEs. Additional Director PHC Dr Majid Latif and Deputy Director PHC Dr Imtiaz Ali provided training to the doctors and LHVs on MSDS in the technical session.
 
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29 August 2021
PHC seals 80 quacks’ outlets in 12 districts
While continuing with its anti-quackery drive, the Punjab Healthcare Commission has carried out crackdowns in 12 districts, and closed down 80 outlets of quacks.
The PHC enforcement teams had conducted raids on 712 treatment centres during the last week. They found that 29 qualified physicians have started treating patients on the previously marked quacks’ centres. Also, the PHC has started surveillance of another 377 centres.
Out of the 12 districts, the maximum number of 115 raids were conducted in Rawalpindi, and 10 centres were sealed. Among the rest, 10 backstreet clinics each were sealed in Lahore and Sheikhupura, Dera Ghazi Khan 8, seven each in Sialkot and Lodharan, 6 each in Gujranwalla and Gujrat, while four each in Kasur, Attock, Layyah and Vehari. In Lahore, Asif Clinic, Saeed Clinic, Shakeel Clinic, Khalid Clinic, Saman Maternity Home, Hafiz Dental Clinic, Nazim Dental Surgery, Najaf Medical and General Store, Ghafoor Clinic and Imran Homoeopathic Clinic were shuttered.
The spokesperson of the PHC has also added that the PHC has so far visited over one lac, two thousand treatment centres, closed down 33,591 illegal outlets, and imposed a fine of more than Rs766 million on quacks. Also, around 24,000 quacks have quit their illegal businesses.
 
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24 August 2021
Refresher Training for the Clinical/ Admin staff of the Nishtar Hospital Multan on Implementation of MSDS
A 3- day training session was conducted at Nishtar Medical University, Multan on 24th August, 2021 to 26th August, 2021. The session covered the survey process and scoring methodology and also included an orientation on undertaking Self-assessment by the HCE Staff and group work for developing MSDS Implementation Plan. Pre and post tests were administered to assess the participants understanding about the MSDS and to take their feedback. Total 31 participants attended the session. The staff so trained will be ultimately responsible to ensure compliance of the MSDS at their end in the respective department and will also act as master trainers for rest of the Hospital Staff.
 
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17 August 2021
‘MoU’ Signing Ceremony between the IPH and PHC
IPH is a premier academic education, training and research institution providing post-graduate education, training and research in the area of public health and health administration, that include M-Phil, MPH, MMCH and MHM; and the PHC has statutory mandate to develop and disseminate Minimum Service Delivery, Standards (MSDS) for implementation and compliance in all the public as well as private Healthcare Establishments (HCEs) providing healthcare services in the province of Punjab.

The Punjab Healthcare Commission and Institute of Public health, have a common role and responsibility in improving the quality of the healthcare services delivered to the people of Punjab. The PHC is mandated through its statutory role to improve of the quality of healthcare through prescribing service delivery standards, whereas, the IPH is responsible for training the managers and providers of healthcare in ensuring that the services delivered to the people meet the standards of quality and safety.
MOU was signed on 17th August 2021 by the IPH and the PHC at Lahore. Pursuant to this MOU both the parties have agreed to enter into a voluntary agreement regarding the training of Medical Professionals/Hospital Administrators/ Nursing Leaders on the Quality Assurance in provision of healthcare services through PHC Regulatory Framework and implementation of the MSDS. The PHC has undertaken to facilitate and to provide technical material including but not limited to MSDS Reference Manuals, guidelines and Scoring Matrix etc. in written, electronic or machine readable form as the case may be, to IPH for reference.
 
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12 August 2021
PHC seals illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centre
The Punjab Healthcare Commission on Thursday has sealed an illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centre after evacuating 80 ‘imprisoned’ inmates to the Punjab Institute of Mental Health.
According to details, Guardian Home, being run under the banner of Khidmat-e-Adam Trust in Badami Bagh area near Khokhar Pind Ring Road, was functioning illegally without registration from the PHC. Its administrators had put 80 persons in subhuman living conditions, who were crammed into three unvented rooms, and exposed to a constant risk of scabies and other infectious diseases. As per a report, nine FIRs have been registered against the owners of the facility. They cruelly treated the patients in the name of drug treatment and rehabilitation, and subjected them to repeated tortures. Neither any psychiatrist, psychologist, medical expert, nor paramedical staff was there to treat patients, who were kept in illegal confinement on the pretext of treating them for drug addiction.
Besides the non-availability of medicines, even a semblance of edible food and potable water was not being given to the inmates. The centre not only lacked emergency health facilities, but also basic life necessities. The inmates ate substandard food cooked and kept in unhygienic conditions, and were drinking water from the toilet taps. Records of patient registration, care and treatment were also not available.
Under the supervision of the PHC, joint action was taken by the district administration, health department, police and other departments concerned, and 80 inmates were evacuated to the PIMH, where their medical check-ups and tests were done by experts of their respective fields. Patients will be admitted to the Drug Addiction Treatment Centre of the PIMH, while the healthy ones will be handed over to their families.
Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz has said that all illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centres will be closed down, and strict action will be taken against their owners. “Only those centres will be allowed to function, which are registered with the PHC and completely implement various rules and regulations,” he added.
 
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12 August 2021
PHC seals illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centre
LAHORE – The Punjab Healthcare Commission on Thursday has sealed an illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centre after evacuating 80 ‘imprisoned’ inmates to the Punjab Institute of Mental Health.
According to details, Guardian Home, being run under the banner of Khidmat-e-Adam Trust in Badami Bagh area near Khokhar Pind Ring Road, was functioning illegally without registration from the PHC. Its administrators had put 80 persons in subhuman living conditions, who were crammed into three unvented rooms, and exposed to a constant risk of scabies and other infectious diseases. As per a report, nine FIRs have been registered against the owners of the facility. They cruelly treated the patients in the name of drug treatment and rehabilitation, and subjected them to repeated tortures. Neither any psychiatrist, psychologist, medical expert, nor paramedical staff was there to treat patients, who were kept in illegal confinement on the pretext of treating them for drug addiction.

Besides the non-availability of medicines, even a semblance of edible food and potable water was not being given to the inmates. The centre not only lacked emergency health facilities, but also basic life necessities. The inmates ate substandard food cooked and kept in unhygienic conditions, and were drinking water from the toilet taps. Records of patient registration, care and treatment were also not available.

Under the supervision of the PHC, joint action was taken by the district administration, health department, police and other departments concerned, and 80 inmates were evacuated to the PIMH, where their medical check-ups and tests were done by experts of their respective fields. Patients will be admitted to the Drug Addiction Treatment Centre of the PIMH, while the healthy ones will be handed over to their families.
Chief Executive Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Saqib Aziz has said that all illegal drug treatment and rehabilitation centres will be closed down, and strict action will be taken against their owners. “Only those centres will be allowed to function, which are registered with the PHC and completely implement various rules and regulations,” he added.
 
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July

15 July 2021
PNAC meeting with stakeholders
The Director General Pakistan National Accreditation Council, Islamabad, Ms. Ismat Gul
Khatak visited the Punjab Healthcare Commission on 15th July, 2021 and held detailed discussion with PHC senior management on the issues concerning regulation of healthcare service provision especially the clinical laboratories.

The honorable Chairperson Punjab Healthcare Commission, Prof Dr. Attiya Mubarak Khalid,
chaired the meeting which was also attended by the Chief Executive Officer, PHC Dr. Saqib Aziz, Director Clinical Governance Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Salariya and Director Licensing Dr. Muhammad Anwar Janjua. Both organizations agreed to identify areas for possible mutual collaboration for improving the quality of services rendered by the clinical laboratories while remaining within the respective legal mandate. It was informed that the standards for the clinical labs prescribed by the PHC cover the whole range of organizational functions including the support services as well as the areas relating to test analysis, reporting, Biosafety and Biosecurity etc. The PHC management apprised the DG PNAC of the issues
faced by the labs in terms of implementation of Internal and External Quality Assurance (IQA and EQA) Programmes and the reporting system practiced by them. The DG PNAC offered to train
the PHC exper ts in assessment skills and inspections related to accreditation by the Council
so that the two organizations can mutually benefit from each other`s experience. The two parties agree to formally sign MOU for under taking collaborative activities.
 
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10 July 2021
Meeting with the Chairman NICB and the PSIC
Pursuant to the direction of the CEO, on the request of the Chairman, National Inter ventional
Cardiology Board (NICB) the Director Clinical Governance (DCG) attended meeting with the
officials of the Pakistan Society of Interventional Cardiologists (PSIC) and the NICB on July 10th, 2021 in the PSIC office at High Q tower, Jail Road, Lahore. The meeting was apprised about the actions taken by the PHC so far and further actions required by the PSIC and the NICB regarding Cath lab accreditation . The PSIC and NICB representatives were further apprised that in order to comply with the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding implementation of the CCL Standards and the Best Practices Guidelines, in letter and spirit, coordinated effort by different stakeholders is critical. It was urged that the major stakeholders including the DRAP, Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, the Provincial Healthcare Commissions, the Pakistan Medical Commission, CPSP and the NICB and PSIC need to have a closer interaction so as to ensure that desired results are achieved.
 
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01 July 2021
UNFPA Training
The PHC team had planned to organize series of Divisional level seminars for dissemination of the MSDS for Midwifery Clinics. A seminar for the staff of private sector healthcare establishments providing Midwifery and Family Planning services at the Midwifery Clinics was conducted on 1st July, 2021 at Okara. Service providers from 33 healthcare establishments/ Midwifery Clinics from the Sahiwal division participated besides the technical staff and the District Population Welfare Office Okara. Another seminar of the series was organized on 14th July, 2021, at Sargodha, that was attended by 29 Participants. Third orientation seminar for dissemination of MSDS for the Midwifery Services was conducted on 30th July, 2021 in the month of July at Rawalpindi, in which total 20 participants from different midwifery clinics participated.
 
01 July 2021
CEOs Meeting with the Chief Secretary and the Health Minster Baluchistan
On a special request from the Health Department Government of Baluchistan, the CEO PHC Dr. Saqib Aziz visited Quetta to brief the Government officials about the steps and actions required to functionalized the Balochistan Healthcare Commission under the BHC Act 2019, a legislation enacted by the Provincial Assembly of Baluchistan.
The health minister Baluchistan said that Baluchistan intend to follow the foot prints and
replicate the success stor y of the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) and wanted to
establish an institution on the pattern of PHC for which technical assistance and cooperation of
Punjab government would be appreciated.
 
01 July 2021
Scrutiny Of Lab Collection Centers
As per the directions of the Chairperson Board of Commissioners PHC Prof Dr. Attiya Mubarak Khalid, the Commission is continuing with special inspections of laboratories and collection centres, in major cities of the province. Accordingly, the PHC teams carried out special inspections of 50 labs and collection centers in Lahore, that were functioning without memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for the waste disposal, lacking in internal quality assurance and non-availability of a pathologist as per the notified schedules.
During the campaign in the month of June 2021, PHC teams visited 75 establishments, sealed 22 labs and issued notices to another 40 while the owners and administrators of the labs and collection centres were also directed to fully implement the MSDS, directions and SOPs issued by the PHC.
 
01 July 2021
Meeting PMA
PMA and the PAFP are amongst the important stakeholders and the PHC management had
always been forthcoming and keen to continue consultation with them on the issues related to the enforcement of PHC regulatory framework provided under the PHC Act 2010 for improving
the quality of healthcare services in Punjab. The meeting, held on 1st July, 2021, was in continuation of the earlier meeting held by the CEO with the leadership of the PMA and PAFP in
June 2021. The CEO had apprised that PHC was of the 􀃶rm view that enforcement of the regulatory framework had to be uniform across the Public and Private sector without any discrimination, and that the PHC would ensure continuing dialogue process with all the stakeholders for taking consensus based decision as far as possible.
 
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01 July 2021
11th Meeting with steering committee for prevention and control of Hepatitis in Punjab
The Additional Director, Clinical Governance and Organizational standards participated as PHC`s representative in the 11th meeting of steering committee for prevention and control of Hepatitis in Punjab under the Punjab Hepatitis Prevention and Control Programme, held on 1st July, 2021. The meeting was apprised that 􀃶nal draft of Punjab HBV Treatment Guidelines is ready for endorsement by the Committee and dissemination to all concerned. The meeting was
further informed that collaboration is also being ex tended to parastatal and civil society
organizations for expanding the coverage of Hepatitis care services. Hepatitis clinics will be
established in 22 hospitals, managed by the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI), across Punjab. Moreover, such clinics will also be established in all 43 prisons of Punjab covering a population of almost 52,000 inmates.

It was highlighted that the real challenge is the administration of Hepatitis B birth doses as almost 2.8 million Hepatitis Birth Doses have been procured by Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) for the FY 2021-2022 for vaccination of newborns against Hepatitis B within 12- 24 hours of birth. The issue regarding an emerging global public health concern of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), was also raised and it was informed that only negligible data is available on AMR and HAIs disease burden in Pakistan, specifically in Punjab. It
was resolved that a multi-sectorial robust Provincial Action Plan is need of the hour to identify the gaps and establish Surveillance system according to WHO guidelines. The meeting was apprised that an app for blood donors