IHRA expresses grief over death of Dr Tahir Shamsi

Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) expresses a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of renowned haematologist Dr Tahir Shamsi. IHRA extends heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and pray that may Allah Almighty grant them courage to
to bear the loss with equanimity. Dr Shamsi was a pioneer of bone marrow transplant and transfusion  medicine in Pakistan and was a humble personality. He will always be missed in medical services of the country.

IHRA takes action against quackery in ICT

Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) has intensified its extensive drive against quack clinics in the federal capital  on Thursday.

During raids in the outskirts of the capital, several quacks were found running their medical clinics while treating patients and even conducting minor operations.On which, the IHRA inspection teams sealed many such clinics besides issuing warnings and confiscating expired medicines and testing kits.

Many such centers were put under surveillance to check any attempt to restart quackery since unqualified persons were reportedly running these centers at the time of raids.

IHRA organized ToT session for HCEs on PITB Dengue Activity Tracking System

Keeping in view the increasing number of Dengue cases, Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) organized a Training of Trainers session for the Healthcare Establishments in Islamabad on PITB Dengue Activity Tracking System, to ensure accurate and responsible reporting of confirmed Dengue Cases by the Healthcare Establishments. The training session was honored by the presence of Dr. Quaid Saeed, CEO, IHRA, with Mr. Omer Mushtaq as the trainer from PITB. A total of 23 representatives of Hospitals and Labs attended the session, for acquiring adequate information and instructions for proper data entry of Dengue cases on a regular basis.

IHRA carried out inspections of 36 healthcare establishments

In the past week Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) carried out inspections of 36 healthcare establishments including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, diagnostic labs, collection points, dental clinics, medical centres, g.p clinics and homeo/tibb clinics. 23 of these healthcare establishments were served notices for different irregularities including keeping expired reagents, lack of qualified staff and proper waste management mechanism and were also directed to apply for registration with IHRA.

Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) organized a capacity building Training of Trainers on PITB Dengue Activity Tracking System/Android App for medical and paramedical staff of private hospitals of ICT.

CEO IHRA, Dr Quaid Saeed in a consultative meeting with Parliamentary Secretary, Dr Nausheen Hamid and WHO Representative in Pakistan

Dr Palitha discussed to create a framework of technical cooperation between Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority(IHRA), Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (MoNHSRC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure the provision of quality healthcare services to the citizens of Islamabad Capital Territory.

IHRA to launch massive campaign against quackery

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) has decided to start a massive campaign against quackery in the capital with the support of the District Health Office and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police to stop this illegal practice.

“As per guess estimate, around 5,000 quacks have been working illegally and playing with the health of innocent people in the capital,” Chief Executive Officer, IHRA, Dr. Quaid Saeed Akhunzada said on Sunday.

He said that after digital mapping, the authority will have an exact number of quacks functioning in the capital. “We have started collecting data to take action and seal all such clinics with the support of the local administration as we are against this unlawful practice and our policy is zero-tolerance against quackery.”

He said that these quacks are the major cause behind the spreading of various communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. He added only legal medical practitioners would be allowed to open clinics in the capital. Dr. Quaid Akhunzada said, “Besides curbing quackery, we are ready to perform our role of policing for legal health establishments also to protect citizens from wrongdoings of the health setups as we have been given mandate with the power to ask from these setups about any illegality with citizens.”

He added, “We have field teams who conduct visits to personally monitor the standards of health facilities in the capital besides completing routine assessments.”

He advised the citizens to submit their complaints in case of overcharging, malpractices, or other related issues with hospitals. “We properly investigate each and every complaint and if any such complaint is found correct, then we can exercise our power of imposing fine upto Rs 1,000,000 or six-month imprisonment or even seal such facility for an indefinite or a specific period, the CEO said.

He said that the main objective of IHRA is to regulate healthcare services and establishments in the capital.  He said that in order to regulate these health establishments, the authority is working on standards and after completing its documentation work on these standards, health establishments will be examined to know whether these standards are being observed or not.

He added after observing these standards, the license will be issued to the eligible setups to operate in the capital while the authority will not allow working substandard setups.

He said these steps aimed at ensuring that formal or informal and public or private healthcare services to the citizens of the capital are at par with the international standards to further internationally recognise these services also.

“We have decided to train the staff of all hospitals, institutes, centers, and laboratories phase-wise on how to raise the standard of their respective facility, and in the next step after assessing and giving them rating we would give them a one-year license.”

The CEO said, “Our monitoring process would be ongoing as we would monitor these healthcare setups even after giving license while the authority will also assess their standards at the time of renewal of license. There will be a regular checking mechanism to evaluate their services.”

No healthcare establishment to be allowed in capital without license after June 2022: CEO IHRA

No healthcare establishment to be allowed in capital without license after June 2022:  CEO IHRA

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Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) has said that no healthcare establishment would be allowed to continue its services in the federal capital after June 2022 without having the authority’s license.

“All public and private healthcare setups including hospitals, laboratories, and clinics should be registered with the authority to avoid facing the issue of sealing any such facility after the deadline,” Chief Executive Officer, IHRA, Dr. Quaid Saeed Akhunzada said while talking to World Health News.

He said that the authority has completed initial information about 1,482 health establishments so far out of which 642 applications have been received for registration of these healthcare establishments while 354 healthcare establishments have been provisionally registered for three months.

He said that the authority has started ‘digital mapping’ from April this year from its own zone-wise teams to exactly know the number of health establishments, staff, and available services being offered to patients and other related information.

He added this information is updated and shared through the authority’s official website on daily basis. He said that the digital mapping is likely to be completed by June next year.

“However, after three to months, we will be in a position to have clear information about the figure of public or private health establishments, nature of facilities, number of doctors, staff or beds, etc. Every such information will be included in this digital map.”

Dr. Quaid Akhunzada said that the initial task is to register all healthcare establishments while our next step would be completing work on documentation of defining standards on which these setups are working.

“We have decided to train the staff of all hospitals, institutes, centers, and laboratories phase-wise on how to raise the standard of their respective facility, and in the next step after assessing and giving them rating we would give them a one-year license.”

The CEO said, “Our monitoring process would be ongoing as we would monitor these healthcare setups even after giving license while the authority will also assess their standards at the time of renewal of license. There will be a regular checking mechanism to evaluate their services.”

He said that the authority has decided to give a new concept of ‘star rating’ under which rating will be allocated to the working hospitals as per its services and facilities while the next step will be ‘casting’ under which service rates will be decided as per rating of the health setup.

He said that with this decision, the concerns of patients regarding heavy charges by private hospitals will be addressed. He added the authority receives a large number of complaints about overcharging and this thing will be controlled through this step.

He said that the fixed charges as per rating will be available on the authority’s website with an aim to stop private hospitals from this practice. In case of overcharging, patients can submit their complaints and the authority can impose fine or even close their services after confirmation, he added.

Dr. Quaid Akhunzada said that this will be a unique model as people living anywhere in the world can know the rates and level of services of any health setup in Pakistan while going through the authority’s website and checking ‘start rating’ in which everything will be defined.

He said that while availing this facility, patients from foreign countries may visit any Pakistani hospitals and if they find any issue they can easily approach the authority. “With this concept, we want to make the federal capital as ‘Medical tourism city’ where people from neighboring countries can get quality health services.

He said that the main objective of IHRA is to regulate healthcare services and establishments in the federal capital. He added these healthcare services and establishments, including all private and public sector hospitals, non-formal sectors like homeopathic, tibbs, rehabilitation centers, drugs rehabilitation centers, treatment centers, psychiatric clinics, cosmetics or surgery centers, nutrition centers, and clinical laboratories.

He said that in order to regulate these health establishments, the authority is working on standards and after completing its documentation work on these standards, health establishments will be examined to know whether these standards are being observed or not. He added after observing these standards, the license will be issued to the eligible setups to operate in the federal capital while the authority will not allow to work all substandard setups.

He said these steps aimed at ensuring that formal or informal and public or private healthcare services to the citizens of the federal capital are at par with the international standards to further internationally recognize these services also.

He advised the citizens to submit their complaints in case of overcharging, malpractices, or other related issues with hospitals. “We properly investigate each and every complaint and if any such complaint is found correct, then we can exercise our power of imposing fine up to Rs 1000,000 or six-month imprisonment or even seal such facility for an indefinite or a specific period.

Dr. Quaid Akhunzada said, “We are ready to perform our role of policing for all health establishments to protect citizens from wrongdoings of the health setups as we have been given mandate with the power to ask from these setups about any illegality with citizens.”

He added, “We have field teams who conduct visits to personally monitor the standards of health facilities in the federal capital besides completing routine assessments.” He said that the authority has decided to start a campaign against medical quackery in the federal capital with the support of the District Health Office.

He said that as per guess estimate around 5,000 individuals have been working illegally and playing with the health of innocent people. He said that after digital mapping, the authority will have an exact number of quacks functioning in the federal capital.

Dr. Quaid Akhunzada, “We have started collecting data to take action against them with the support of the local administration. We are against this illegal practice and our policy is zero-tolerance against quackery.”

He said that these quacks are the main cause behind the spreading of various communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. He said that the IHRA is an independent body that receives strategic directions from its board with having various sections including administration, budget, monitoring, licensing, and inspection.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) carried out inspections of 16 more psychiatric and rehabilitation centres located in different areas of the Islamabad Capital Territory.

IHRA issued notices to 13 psychiatric and rehabilitation centres over unhygienic conditions and non-qualified staff, centres were also directed to get themselves registered with IHRA. IHRA suspended the services of  a psychiatric and rehabilitation centre for unethical medical practices until further orders. Two of the centres were found closed by the IHRA inspection teams at the time of visit.