Health sector top priority of govt: Khalid

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Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, Khalid Khurshid Friday said Health sector was one of the top priorities of the government and it was introducing new reforms to ensure better and quality healthcare.

He was talking to World Health Organization (WHO), Country Representative, Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala here at Chief Minister office.

He said the hospital system was being upgraded across GB and added that shortage of doctors and nurses was being addressed on war footing and all the district headquarters hospitals were being made fully functional.

He said that establishment of a medical and nursing college was essential to address the shortage of doctors and general nurses.

First medical college in the province has been approved by the federal government, he said, adding that there was no ICU facility in the hospitals of the province,now steps were being taken to provide ICU facility in major hospitals of the province.

Chief Minister said that a Health Reforms Steering Committee has been set up which includes secretaries of other departments besides the Provincial Secretary of Health, which would helped in introducing reforms in the health sector.

He said that universal health policy was being launched in the province which would help in improving the hospitals and also promote the private sector in the health sector.

“Gilgit-Baltistan is facing natural calamities due to climate change and in view of this new ambulances and heavy machinery for disaster management were being procured” Chief Minister said.

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