KP govt decides to revamp health departmentAugust 6, 2013
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has approved the revamping and reconstitution of the whole Health Sector in way to effectively address the problems of preventive and curative diseases, to reach each and every segment of society, each and every part of the province and where salaries and benefits are based on performance computable with market.
The package of these comprehensive reforms is based on the recommendations of the Working Group on Health Sector Reforms recently notified which constantly worked to take stake of the situation particularly in view of the fact that the Health profile of Pakistan generally and KP in particular was the lowest in the world.
The Hospitals were dysfunctional; both Primary and Preventive Health Care’s cannot address the need of the hour and both communicable and non communicable diseases are on the increase.
While the public will start feeling the benefits of these reforms within two months, the researchers will note the results in the long run because it will effectively contribute to the health of the people at large in the province.
The reform package therefore specifically addresses the issues of increasing maternal mortality ratio, infant mortality, child mortality, maternal mortality, malnutrition and thus the MCH.
While on the one hand the reforms focuses over autonomy of tertiary hospitals, introduction and constitution of Management and Health Coordination Boards at the district level and the decentralization of authority, it has equally addressed the lack of coordination among different tiers of the Health Department so that optimum performance is achieved at each and every level.
In specific terms the reforms included the reconstitution and revamping of KP Health Foundation where nonofficial members will be increased, the KP Health Regulatory Authority, Medical Health Institutions Law, Social Health Protection Initiative, the establishment of Drug and Food Regulation Authority and Health Sector Strategy.
With regard to the establishment of District Health Management Boards, start will be taken from the District Health Coordination Boards by the upcoming September 30 while its TORs finalized by the 30th of this month.
The reforms are focused over essential health services and primary health care, its outreach and particularly the poor and those at the far flung and backward areas thus the RHCs Rural Health Centres and BHUs Basic Health Units as well as the rural dispensaries which will be brought under the BHUs, a major increase in the EPI and integration of all preventive health programs.
For the first time in Pakistan particularly in public sector included the introduction of eHealth and telemedicine by next month issuance of Health Cards will be started at the BHUs level while MIS on the pattern of Shaukat Khanum Hospital shall be rolled out within six months at Hayatabad Medical Complex.
The package of these and many more such reforms was approved in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister KP Parvez Khattak where PTI Chairman Imran Khan was also specially invited.
KP Minister for Health Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, PTI leaders Jahangir Tarin, Mushtaq Ghani, Secretary Health KP Dr.Fakhre Alam, other high ranking officers of the Health Department and members of the Working Group participated.
The Chief Minister Parvez Khattak on this occasion directed to fill in all the 250 vacancies of nurses and 450 vacancies of doctors on war footing to resolve the issue of doctors and nurses deficiency in the hospitals.
He also strictly directed that the Drug inspectors must expedite their efforts against spurious and substandard medicines and if need should send him summary for sanctioning of more posts of drug inspectors.
In principle, the meeting also approved the establishment of drugs testing laboratory totally independent of the government influence to ensure quality drugs in the province.
Talking on the occasion PTI Chairman emphatically stated that issues like health services to the population should be taken above politics and let’s serve of our country, at least provide the needy ones the basic facilities of health services which will benefit all.
He directed that the revamping and reconstitution of all health services bodies should be free from political and government influence and it must be exclusively based on performance and quality of service provision. The reforms therefore also focus over proper training to different tiers of the personnel of health sector.