Up-gradation of seven big hospitals in Punjab approved

Caretaker Punjab cabinet has granted approval to upgradation of seven big hospitals in the province.

The approval was given at the provincial cabinet meeting chaired by Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi in Lahore.

The cabinet also decided to improve treatment and other facilities in these hospitals and approved five billion rupees for this purpose.

The meeting further decided to improve treatment facilities for children. In the first phase, treatment facilities will be improved in Children Hospital Lahore and Child Health Multan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

President Directs State Life to Improve Policy on Pre-insurance Medical Tests

President Dr. Arif Alvi has directed the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLCIP) to improve its policy on medical tests before the issuance of Life Insurance policies to prospecting policyholders.

He asked SLICP to constitute a panel of doctors who should suggest as to what were the most prevalent and common diseases in Pakistan and what tests should be conducted before the issuance of the policy.

The President gave these orders in view of the fact that a number of representations were being filed with the President by the insurance companies as well as citizens in cases where insurance companies were denying the payment of death insurance claims to family members of the insured policyholders on the ground that they had wilfully hidden ailments at the time of obtaining the policy.

The payments were being refused despite the fact that the policies had been issued after the policyholders had been declared medically fit by the authorized medical officers as well as the field officers of the insurance companies.

The President issued these directions while rejecting two separate representations filed by SLICP against the decisions of the Wafaqi Mohtasib (WM) directing it to pay Rs. 3.68 million to the family members of two policyholders to whom SLICP had denied payment on account of them hiding pre-insurance ailments.

As per details, Muhammad Yousaf and Abida Bibi had obtained life insurance policies from SLICP for the sums assured of Rs. 3,485,000 and Rs. 200,000 respectively.

After their deaths, their family members approached SLICP for the payment of insurance claims but SLICP refused to pay them the respective amounts on the ground that they were patients of diseases, such as Hepatitis C, chronic kidney disease, heart condition, hypertension and they did not disclose the existence of these ailments before SLICP.

Feeling aggrieved, the family members separately filed complaints with the Wafaqi Mohtasib, which passed the orders in their favor. SLICP then filed representations with the President, which were rejected.

The President in his decision observed that the two policyholders were declared medically fit by the concerned medical officers as well as the field officers of SLICP who stated that they knew the policyholders for a number of years. He noted that pre-insurance ailments could easily be diagnosed and detected by the medical officers as the services of these officers were arranged to examine policyholders prior to the issuance of policies.

He maintained that SLICP could not take the plea of pre-insurance ailments to deny payments as under Contracts Acts 1872, where the consent was caused by misrepresentation or fraudulent means, the contract was not voidable if the party whose consent was so caused had the means of discovering the truth with ordinary diligence. He said that SLICP had all the means of discovering the alleged ailments by exercising due diligence through its authorized medical officers.

The President held that SLICP had committed maladministration by repudiating the insurance claims on such flimsy grounds, adding that it could not produce any evidence establishing the existence of pre-insurance ailments. He, therefore, directed SLICP to pay Rs. 3.68 million to the family members with the direction to improve its policy regarding medical tests.

He said that SLICP could devise a risk assessment method for different diseases, decide and modify premiums for different diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, etc and avoid litigation in the future.

Source: Pro Pakistani

WB approves $46m for child healthcare in KP

The World Bank has approved forty-six million dollars for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department to promote access to child health services in selected districts of the province.

The funds will be used for the Citizen Centered Service Delivery Project of the provincial government.

The child welfare grants will benefit about three-hundred thousand children under the age of two.

The families of these children will receive an amount of twelve-thousand five-hundred rupees over five visits for attending the health awareness sessions and growth monitoring of their child.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Navy continues rescue, relief operation at cyclone affected areas of Sindh

Pakistan Navy continued wide scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in coastal areas of Sindh.

According to press release issued by Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Navy Emergency Response Teams in coordination with local administration continued evacuation of personnel from various areas and provided relief goods to aggrieved populace.

Pakistan Navy troops evacuated over 800 inhabitants from various coastal areas of Keti Bandar, Kharo Chan, Shah Bandar, Baghan, Sujawal, Chuhar Jamali and Jati City.

Moreover, medical camp was held at Keti Bandar by Sindh government health department in coordination with World Health Organization (WHO). WHO’s Country head of Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahi Pala from Sri Lanka, also visited and monitored health care activities. Around 230 people were treated in the medical camp and were also provided with mosquito nets.

Pakistan Navy’s medical teams are providing healthcare facilities to affectees at shelter camps while patrolling of PN ships and Emergency Response Teams in the Sea and affected areas continue to promptly respond to distress calls.

Pakistan Navy’s Emergency Response Teams are poised and remain ready to provide rescue and relief assistance as the cyclone makes landfall off the Sindh coast.

Source: Radio Pakistan

KP Govt made elaborate measures to protect possible outbreak of Congo Virus

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has made elaborate measures to protect the possible outbreak of Congo Virus in the Province.

Senior Veterinary Officer of Livestock and Dairy Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Sher Muhammad told Radio Pakistan Peshawar Correspondent Matiullah on Tuesday, that on the special directives of Director General Livestock department, Special Check posts have been setup on all the entry and exit points of merged districts.

Source: Radio Pakistan