LAHORE, February 03:Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid signed an agreement to convert all Basic Health Units to solar energy with Dr. Akhtar Malik at the Punjab Power Development Board Mega Tower here on Wednesday. Present on the occasion were officials of the Energy Department.
Health Minister said, “It is a historic milestone for us. I am thankful to Dr. Akhtar Malik for this historic development. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar want to see a clean and green Pakistan. Phase-wise, Punjab’s all 2500 Basic Health Units shall be converted to solar energy. Conversion of all BHUS to solar energy will save the nation 480 million. In the first phase, all BHUs of Jehlum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha, Faisalabad will be converted to solar power.
The saved amount by this conversion shall be used for improvement of healthcare services. This will be a revolutionary step towards a clean and green Pakistan.”Later, talking to journalists, the Health Minister said that frontline workers shall be vaccinated on priority basis. She said there will be no shortage of vaccine in Pakistan in future.
All Chief Ministers have ordered vaccination of frontline workers in their respective provinces. Seeking permission of people before vaccination is part of professional ethics. So far, only mild side effects like headache or light fever have been reported in trials of vaccine. In the next four to five months, vaccine for over 100 million people will be available in Punjab.
Minister for Energy Dr. AKhtar Malik said he was grateful to Dr. Yasmin Rashid for a great event and added that by July 2021 all BHUS shall be converted to Solar Energy