KP government under fire from PA for missing health facilities and shortage of doctors – Pakistan


PESHAWAR: Opposition members blasted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s assembly health department here on Tuesday for lack of health facilities and shortages of doctors in parts of the province.

The barrage of criticism came during Question Time when the house addressed issues relating to the department.

Under the chairmanship of President Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, opposition member Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) Rehana Ismail informed the Chamber that most public hospitals in the province do not have appropriate facilities for premature babies. and that, therefore, the infant mortality rate was very high.

“Premature babies need more care than others, but it is not provided for them due to a lack of facilities,” she said, adding that the uninterrupted power supply was not. no longer provided in children’s wards and that frequent power cuts increased the misery of babies.

Opposition insists PTI has failed to improve healthcare in eight years

Lawmakers have said two or three children have been adjusted to a bed in public hospitals due to shortages.

Mian Nisar Gul of MMA said that Karak district has 0.7 million people, but the government only provided them with a 10-bed hospital, which was also in a dilapidated condition.

“I visited the hospital a few days ago and saw three children lying on a bed,” he said.

ANP’s Salahuddin Khan Momand said he asked the health department through an assembly why a doctor had not been assigned to a dispensary in his constituency on the outskirts of the provincial capital .

“The response from the Ministry of Health is astonishing. He insists that the post of doctor has not even been sanctioned for this health establishment, ”he said.

The lawmaker wondered how the dispensary would operate if the government had not sanctioned a doctor’s post for it.

He said the PTI had ruled the province for eight years, but had failed miserably to improve the health system.

Participating in the debate, Jamaat-i-Islami MPA from Bajaur Sirajudin Khan Tribal District said that the district headquarters hospital in his area had 12 specialist medical posts but the government had not appointed anyone for them.

He said residents were the ultimate victims of the vacancies as they were referred to Peshawar due to the unavailability of medical specialists.

The MPA said that on average, each patent spent Rs 15,000-20,000 to travel to Peshawar for medical treatment.

He called on the government to post medical consultants to hospitals in Bajaur to alleviate the plight of residents.

The house referred the issue of ANP member Shagufta Malik to the house committee on health. She had asked the government why there was no control over the high fees charged by private clinics and hospitals. The lawmaker also wondered which law allowed doctors to bill at will in private clinics.

The health ministry in its response said there was no law to fix the fees charged by private doctors.

The Treasury and opposition benches have agreed to refer the matter to the appropriate House committee for a detailed discussion of the matter and the development of a mechanism for it.

The assembly also passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Employees Social Security Bill, 2021, which was tabled by Minister of Labor Shaukat Yousafzai.

He also filed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shops and Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sentencing Bill, 2021.

The Chair adjourned the meeting until August 27.

Posted in Dawn, August 25, 2021


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