Faisalabad: The Punjab government has approved a budget of Rs. 9 billion for the construction of hospitals affiliated with the Faisalabad Medical University (FMU) as well as free medicines for patients purchased locally.

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Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, the Minister of Health, told the media on Wednesday that out of the Rs. 9 billion, Rs. 2 billion would be spent on patient treatment and pharmaceuticals purchased locally, with the remainder funds going toward hospital construction.

She pledged that free chemotherapy would be available to cancer patients at public hospitals very soon. She also presided over a meeting of the FMU syndicate, which included Vice Chancellor Dr. Zafar Ali Chaudhry and others.

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She added that, in addition to local treatments, patients will soon be able to obtain pricey drugs. The minister cautioned residents against allowing water to accumulate anywhere in their homes, particularly during the rainy season, when dengue mosquitos are most active.

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