PESHAWAR: Provincial Health Department has provided financial assistance of Rs 61.1 million for medical treatment of 26,610 patients under Sehat Insaf Card during the last eight months.  The was disclosed in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Tuesday to revive the performance of Health Department.

Briefing Chief Minister regarding reforms in health sector, it was informed that now doctors are bound to perform at least two years duty in cities of their domiciles and Independent Monitoring Teams (IMU) has been expanded to the newly merged districts.

Chief Minister was informed that separate directorate has been set up for Drug Control and Pharmacy Services. Summary of 18 developmental schemes out of total 47 have been sent for Chief Minister for his approval.

It was informed that 520 posts have been created in Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital and a total of 983 posts of doctors and paramedical staff have been approved in the province. The CM said that Saidu Group of Teaching Hospitals would be inaugurated before June this year.

Chief Minister was told that 200 basic health units have upgraded to comprehensive health unit, adding that 500 units will be upgraded till 2023. The meeting was informed that state of the art health units would be set up in the merged districts with support of Pakistan Army.

While giving a briefing, it was informed that mother and child hospital would be set up in Charsadda district and medical and allied ward in the Lady Reading Hospital, Causality block in Khyber Teaching Hospital within a year time.

The CM asked the health department to fix a timeline for the projects and ensure completion within the stipulated period. He cautioned to supervise all the development projects himself and warned delayed would not be tolerated.

He further said immediate issuance of Sehat Insaf Card should be ensured and the health department should make appointments on domicile basis.

Courtesy: TNN