Staff Reporter Peshawar
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Saturday decided in principle to establish a nursing college in Dir and directed the authorities of health department to complete homework in this regard and submit final proposals for approval.
He issued these directives while chairing a progress review meeting of health department, held here which was also attended by Secretary Health Imtiaz Hussain Shah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Special Secretary Muhammad Khaliq and other high ups concerned.
He said that keeping in view the requirement of the local population of Chitral and Dir, establishment of a nursing college was highly needed, adding that establishment of college in Dir would facilitate the desiring nursing students of Upper Chitral, Lower Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir and Bajaur districts.
The chief minister has also directed the high ups of health department to ensure the clearance of all new projects of health sector reflected in the current Annual Development Program (ADP) from the concerned forum by October this year so that the projects of public welfare could be initiated well in time.
The meeting reviewed in detail the progress so far made on the ongoing projects and various matters related to start practical work on the new projects.
The meeting discussed in detail the matters related to improving healthcare services delivery in Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals by equipping them with the required human resource, medical equipment, medicines and other facilities with the aim to ensure provision of improved healthcare facilities to the people at grass root level, and a number of important decisions were made to this end.
Highlighting the need of strengthening the Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals of the province, the chief minister remarked that it was imperative to strengthen these hospitals to ensure the provision of free medical treatment facilities to the people of far flung areas under the Health Card Plus Scheme at their door steps so that people would not require to travel to big cities to avail this facility.
Mahmood Khan also directed the Health Department officials to prepare SNEs as soon as possible to create new posts in these hospitals to address the shortage of doctors and other medical staff on priority basis further directing them to pay special attention to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals of the newly merged districts in order to improve the service delivery in the Tehsil Headquarters Hospitals.