Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister, Dr. Hasham Inamullah Friday blamed opposition for unavailability of doctor in medical facilities situated in remote areas saying whenever an action was initiated against doctors unwilling to serve in far flung areas, opposition lawmakers suggested adopting reconciliatory approach and mending ways with protesting medical professionals.
The proceeding was chaired by Speaker KP Assembly Muhstaq Ahmed Ghani. He was responding to a question of PPP lawmaker, Sahibzada Sanaullah in provincial assembly during question hour.
The PPP lawmaker complained that majority of Basic Health Units in Dir are without doctors and people are facing difficulties in getting day to day healthcare. He contended that there are 33 BHUs in Upper Dir but appointment of only one doctor has been made.
He said that the only category D hospital of Dir has not been upgraded despite the patient ratio. He also questioned the criteria of government to upgrade existing public sector hospitals of the province.
Dr. Hasham said that health department has made 1000 transfers aiming improvement of health providing facilities but doctors are not willing to leave cities and serve in remote areas. He regretted that efforts of government received set back when we are being advised to adopt a reconciliatory approach over the subject matter.
He said that delay of District Health Authority Bill has negatively impacting efforts of government to reform health sector for better service delivery adding if the bill was being passed all the problems would have been solved.
He told the house that proposals, and suggestions regarding upgradation of hospitals have been forwarded to Planning Department that would consider the projects keeping in view factors of priority, feasibility and funds availability. He assured Sahibzada Sanaullah to include those health projects of Dir in next ADP that were left by Planning Department in current fiscal year.
Answering the query of ANP lawmaker, Shagufta Malik regarding status of hospitals in PK 64, he informed the house that government has release funds for Daag Ismail Khan, Manki Sharif and Ziarat Kaka Hospitals and the slight delay was due to the additional work of communication and works department.
Shagufta Malik also questioned the number of government officer working on more than one post. She said that house should be informed about their salaries, perks and number of vehicles in their possession. She rejected the details by concerned departments saying written answer is a maze of words and lacks proper substantiation.
She refused to accept the explanation of food minister, Qalander Lodi who tried to placate him and said that written answer of the concerned department is compact and comprehensive. She demanded to refer the matter to standing committee.
Leader of Opposition, Akram Khan Durrani, Nighat Orakzai of PPP and Khushdil Khan of ANP also supported the stance of Shagufta Malik and suggested referring of matter to standing committee for initiating proper probe into the matter.
Afterwards food minister agreed with Shagufta Malik and the matter was referred by Speaker to standing committee.
Samar Bilour of ANP, through her question also inquire about the progress being made by law enforcers in Yakatook blast. She said that counter terrorism department is facing a dead end while the ill-fated victims are demanding to bring perpetrators of the incident to justice. Speaker also directed home department to brief the victim families about the investigations.
Later, Provincial Information Minister Shoukat Yousafzai responded to privilege motions of ANP parliamentarian Shagufta Malik, adjournment motion of Mian Nisar Gul of JUI, and Muhammad Zahir Shah of PTI.
Shagufta Malik complained of indifferent attitude of Secretary Local Government saying that she tried to contact relevant secretary over a public issue time and time again but he ignored my call which has breached privilege of a public representative.
Mian Nisar Gul of JUI through his adjournment motion raised the issue of land selection for Institute of Petroleum Technology in Karak. He said that the institute should be constructed in the area giving highest production of oil adding Karak has been ignored while selecting land for the institute.
Muhammad Zahir Shah of PTI through his call attention notice highlighted the issue of land being turned barren in Mardan and Swabi. He said that water logged land that was being made arable under Swabi Scarp Project has once again become useless due to the same reason.
Taking the floor, Information Minister agreed with Shagufta Malik and said that public representative each and every member of the house deserve respect and attention. He also assented to the demand of ANP lawmaker to refer the matter to concerned committee. He also informed the house that accessibility, economy and its proximity to Indus Highway were the reasons of selecting land for the institute in Takht-e-Nasrati.
Shaukat informed the house that concerned authorities including WAPDA and Irrigation Departments would be consulted to resolve the issue of water logging and salinity in Swabi and Mardan.
He also defended government when leader of opposition, Akram Khan Durrani expressed concern over Bus Rapid Transit. He said that if opposition has a proof of corruption in the project it should come forward. He said that BRT is a gift of PTI government to people of Peshawar and it should not be politicized.
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