Health structures in remote areas will be subcontracted – Journal

PESHAWAR: The Ministry of Health has started its duties to manage the underutilized primary and secondary health care facilities in some districts of the province under a public-private partnership in accordance with the laws in force of the provincial government.

This was said during a meeting held here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the presidency to review reforms being undertaken in the health sector, according to a statement. The meeting took stock of the impacts of the reforms on positions and deliberated on issues related to improving the health service delivery system in the province.

Provincial Minister of Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary of Establishment Zakir Afridi, Legal Secretary Abid Majeed, Secretary of Health Tahir Orakzai and other relevant officials have attended the meeting.

The meeting decided to outsource the concierge and security services in all secondary health establishments and to manage the waste management system within the framework of a public-private partnership in these establishments. It has also decided to manage the diagnostic and pharmacy services within the framework of a public-private partnership.

However, all of these issues will be presented to the provincial cabinet for final decision.

The meeting was informed that some of the health facilities in a few remote districts of the province were already managed under a public-private partnership where service delivery had improved significantly.

To alleviate the shortage of physicians in remote areas, the meeting deliberated on issues relating to the contractual hiring of institutional physicians.

The Chief Minister called the provision of quality health facilities to the population one of the government’s priority priorities.

He said that in addition to introducing massive reforms in the health sector, the government was also spending huge resources to ensure the provision of quality health services at the local level.

He said that due to the government’s pragmatic measures, the health sector has improved dramatically, but there are still improvements that the health department needs to work on outside the box.

Posted in Dawn, le 12 November 2021

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