PESHAWAR: Work is underway on outsourcing of 12 district headquarters (DHQ) hospitals in backward districts of the KP province which will not only provide better treatment facilities to the people of the areas at the local level but will also provide employment opportunities to them.
This was stated at a meeting of the health department with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair.
It may be noted that the rural health centre (RHC) Mastuj, the tehsil headquarters hospital Garam Chashma and a health unit at Shagram had been handed over to the Aga Khan Health Service about seven years ago.
A ststement issued by the chief minsiter office on Sunday said the provincial government was working on various projects/initiatives worth billions of rupees in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare to further strengthen the sector and provide quality medical treatment facilities to the people at their doorsteps.
Steps are also being taken under an integrated plan to ensure physical progress on those initiatives as per the given timelines.
The meeting reviewed progress on various interventions and reforms initiatives undertaken in the health sector.
The meeting was told that a mega scheme was underway to strengthen all the Basic Health Units (BHUs) in the province and to run 200 BHUs 24/7. Similarly, a project is also underway for the rehabilitation of all Rural Health Centres (RHCs) across the province and to run 50 RHCs 24/7.
In the secondary healthcare sector, work was underway on the revamping of 25 district headquarters hospitals, adding the project aimed at renovation of infrastructure of these hospitals, posting of additional medical staff, including specialist doctors, availability of medical equipment, outsourcing of diagnostic services and establishment of ICUs, burn units, dialysis units, physiotherapy and other allied units in the existing buildings of those DHQ hospitals.