Health units would be established in seven tribal districts and frontier regions
The Government has decided to construct 68 state-of-the art Comprehensive Health Units (CHU) under Prime Minister’s Quick Impact Program (QIP) to provide best medical facilities to patients of the erstwhile Fata.
“These health units would be established in all seven tribal districts and frontier regions with latest facilities of specialists’ medical and surgical male and lady doctors, gynecologists, ambulance service and laboratories experts to provide 24 hours service to patients,” a senior official in Health Department KP told APP here on Friday.
Each CHU with 35 medical and laboratory experts will cover 25,000 population in former Fata, the official said, adding one unit will be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs110 million. It will would be properly solarized and fabricated, and that its status would be equal to Rural Health Centres of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.
“PC-I and other papers work of these units have been completed and would be approved this year,” the official said, adding new hospitals would be constructed on need basis on priority basis to facilitate ailing patients at their doorsteps.
The old health system would be replaced by the new system in pattern of KP for quick resolution of all health related problems in the newly merged tribal districts, adding preference would be given to doctors having domicile of the newly merged districts.
The official said Government has expedited work on mega health projects being constructed with assistance of Pakistan Army in the militancy affected areas and has completed scores of state-of-the art hospitals including Mohmand Gatt hospital in Mohmand tribal district, Galjo hospital in Orakzai, Doggar hospital in Central Kurram, Trauma Centre at Parachinar Kurram district, female sector at agency headquarters hospital Miran Shah North Waziristan besides others to help tribal patients.
“Most of hospitals in former Fata has been operationalized and are providing quality treatment services to tribal patients,” he said, adding it will save time and money of patients being wasted while coming to Peshawar for treatment.
Deficiencies in existing hospitals and basic health units including lack of doctors and paramedical staff besides construction of boundary walls in old hospitals were being removed and all major health related programs like Sehat Insaf Cards, AIDs and Malaria Control Program and free treatment to cancer patients are being extended to the newly merged tribal districts.
At least 1.1million households in former Fata will be facilitated from Sehat Insaf Cards program and each household will get free treatment of any chronic disease up to Rs7,20,000 per year in any top Government and Private Hospital of the country. “Sehat Insaf Card program has been extended to all tribal districts,” the official said.
The official said share of health department in Rs100billion Fata Development Plan for next 10 days should be raised at least to level of Education and C&W Departments and 20pc share should be allocated for health department in ADP 2019-20 imperative for early completion of all ongoing development projects.
The health ADP for tribal districts was being reviewed and practical measures are being taken for development of health system on sound footing.
The department will address the major diseases in new born and children under five years of age like diarrhea, Acute Respiratory Infection, measles, malaria and malnutrition through integrated management strategies and inclusive programs.
A programme would be developed to improve the nutrition status of children below 3 years and the women of child bearing age.
The vacant posts of lady doctors and paramedics would be full filed besides up-gradation of hospitals, BHUs and Rural Health Centres in former Fata, adding all hospitals in newly merged areas would be brought at par with KP’s hospitals.
These goal-oriented measures would help reduce burden of diseases especially among vulnerable segments of population and will improve human resource management besides enhance health financing for efficient service delivery to tribesmen at their doorsteps.