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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Chief Minister Justice Dost Mohammad Khan has ordered allotment of land to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission for establishment of a cancer hospital in Chitral district.

The chief minister issued the orders at a meeting here on Tuesday, which was attended by health minister Akbar Jan Marwat, minister for information Zafar Iqbal Bangash, secretary health Abid Majeed and director of Lady Reading Hospital Dr Khalid Mehsud, according to a statement.

The chief minister ordered immediate stoppage of charges from the critically-ill people brought to the emergency wards at the public sector hospitals.

Justice Dost said free treatment facilities, availability of staff, life-saving drugs and equipment in accident and emergency departments of hospitals should be ensured to provide best care to the sick people.

He also ordered affiliation of Lady Reading Hospital with Postgraduate Medical Institute by bringing necessary amendments in the law and asked the doctors and paramedical staff to perform their duty with devotion and dedication and maintain discipline in the hospitals.

He stressed the need to make fully functional the monitoring system in order to remove all the weaknesses in services delivery of hospitals. He also ordered installation of bacteria detector machines in each and every ward of the LRH. He also ordered to arrange standby generators to address the issue of electricity in the hospitals.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2018