Staff Reporter Peshawar
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has approved the new organizational structure of the Directorate General of Health Services with the aim to enhance the working capacity of the health department, ensure efficiency in administrative and operational matters of health service delivery outlets and improve the overall services delivery at the grassroots level.
Under the new organizational structure, Additional Directors General will be posted at the regional level and Deputy Directors at the divisional level besides certain changes in some of the administrative positions in the office of Director General Health Services.
According to details, news posts of Additional Director General South, Additional Director General Center, Additional Director General Hazara and Additional Director General Malakand have been added to the existing structure of the Directorate General.
Similarly, one of new posts of Deputy Director for each division under the regional additional director general has also been created in the new structure.
Posting against the newly created positions at regional and divisional level will be made from amongst the existing strength of the Directorate General and no fresh hiring will be made for the purpose.
The regional and division level set up aimed at improving health services delivery in healthcare facilities at the district level by ensuring effective monitoring of these healthcare facilities, improving their day to day management and enhancing their capacities upto the desired level.
In this regard, a meeting was held here the other day under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in which the Chief Minister approved the proposed organizational structure of the Directorate General.
Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Health Secretary Imtiaz Hussain Shah, Secretary Finance Aatif Rehman, Director General Health Services Dr Niaz and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
Briefing the meeting about the role and responsibilities of the Additional Directors General to be posted at the region level, it was informed that the Additional Directors General to be posted at regional level would be responsible for the recruitment, transfers, postings and promotions of health employees upto Grade 15 at regional level.
Further, they will act as reporting officers for the District Health Officers and Medical Superintendents in their respective regions and will be empowered to take disciplinary action against any employee at the region level.
It was further informed that availability of medical equipment’s required in all health centers at the region level, close liaison with Health Management Committees of individual healthcare facility, implementation of prescribed quality standards in services delivery in hospitals, cleanliness and waste management, Identification of issues at individual hospitals and their timely solution, preparation of action plans for hospitals in consultation with concerned Medical Superintendents and its implementation and submission of regular reports to the high ups regarding the overall performance of hospitals in their respective regions will be the main responsibilities of the regional level ADGs.