Health Department will appoint 550 nurses, technicians & 75 specialist doctors

Peshawar: In order to overcome the deficiency of doctors and para medical staff in various hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Health Department is going to appoint 550 nurses, technicians and 75 specialist doctors soon. Similarly, Rs.50 million have been released for completion of Burn Hospital in Peshawar city whereas three more burn hospitals at Chitral, Bannu and Dir Lower would be established with the financial assistance of German body GIZ. Likewise work on purchase of land for proposed Indus hospital in Peshawar city has also been started.

It was, revealed in a meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak in Peshawar, wherein, various steps for improving performance of the hospitals and medicare facilities in the province were taken into stock. The meeting was attended by provincial Health Minister Shaukat Ali Yousaf Zai, Secretary Health Dr. Fakhar Alam, Special Secretary Akbar Khan and other concerned authorities.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that he has visited various hospitals alone and have noticed its plight while he was greatly concerned to see shortage of doctors and nurses there as well as the medical equipment were out of order. He expressed his astonishment that in such a condition who would dare to go to the hospitals for treatment and waste their time.

He said that all the rulers and government authorities were infect public servants and we have to provide them better basic Facilities. He asked for constituting inspecting teams to keep vigil on performance of hospitals and dispensaries all over the province. Pervez Khattak was told that the Chief Secretary has already taken actions in this regard wherein a well conceived plan of supervision of the health institutions have been chalked out that was being implemented in letter and spirit.

About stay order of the court on appointments of new doctors, the Chief Minister said that authorities must take all such matters seriously and besides satisfying the judiciary, must take emergent and effective steps to overcome the staff deficiency in the medical institutions.

He directed to obtain 80 canal lands for the proposed Indus hospital on any side of G.T.Road in the nearest city vicinity so that poor patients could be benefited from such a charity hospital in maximum number. He also directed for initiating steps to establish hospital on piece of land in Risalpur.

Pervez Khattak further directed the health authorities to take concrete and concerted steps to eradicate Dengue disease from entire Malakand including Swat and emphasized on launching a massive awareness campaign for the purpose so that people could adopt preventive steps to avoid such a fatal disease.

He also underlined the need of providing health facilities at Tehsil Hospitals and BHUs levels so that all medicare facilities could be made available at door steps of the people and they did not bother to travel to far flung area and face hardships. He asked for chalking out a comprehensive plan of medicare facilities for catering the needs of decades.