ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The administration of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Tuesday assured to provide free of cost medicines to patients.
According to an official of the hospital, the administration will follow the direction of Federal Ombudsman M. Salman Faruqui to PIMS administration regarding provision of free of cost medicines to patients from March 24.
He said the recommendations of Ombudsman Committee on PIMS reforms will be implemented in true letter and spirit to making the institute a role model for the whole country.
He said the recommendations by the Ombudsman’s Committee were vital to bring reforms in the functioning of PIMS which will be implemented as these recommendations were prepared after hard work by the committee members.
It is pertinent to mention here that Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Faruqui had directed the PIMS administration to ensure provision of free of cost medicines to patients and gave a deadline of March 24 for this purpose.
He was chairing a high level meeting to review the implementation on recommendations of Ombudsman’s Committee on PIMS reforms. The meeting was apprised that currently 901 vacancies were lying vacant in the hospital and suggested that if these posts are filled properly most of the issues could be resolved amicably. Upon which, Federal Ombudsman directed the PIMS administration to fill these posts at earliest.
Briefing the meeting, Senior Advisor Wafaqi Mohtasib Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed Khokhar, said that the committee gave 50 suggestions for the betterment of the hospital which should be implemented as soon as possible.
While briefing the meeting, Health Advisor of Wafaqi Mohtasib Dr Fiaz Ranjha gave a detailed look into the matters of PIMS and said that there are 19 such issues which could be resolved without spending a single penny which included security arrangements, biometric system, betterment in emergency services, cleanliness problems etc.
He was of the view that with the implementation on Mohtasib recommendations, people’s trust could be built on the hospital and it can earn better reputation.