February 3, 2019 at 5:09 pm
Chitral Times Report
Peshawar:Health Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Hisham Inamullah Khan has said that after approval of first health policy, they will implement and ensure an accessible, equitable and quality health care through sustainable and comprehensive health system at all levels, based on the primary healthcare approach through thedistrict health system to advance the well-being, productivity and prosperity of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said health policy was not made in a day or night or month rather it took five months to develop a comprehensive health policy. DFID, which is also representative of health policy advisory council, allocated Rs6.04 million pounds to the KP government as a reward for making the policy first and these funds would be spent on strengthening 200 BHUs in the province and tribal districts.
He was addressing a press conference here at health secretariat Peshawar on Sunday. Secretary health Dr. Farooq Jameel, health advisor Dr. JawadWasif and media coordinator Daniyal Khan were also present on the occasion. Health minister Dr. Hisham Inamullah Khan further said that for developing health policy at provincial level, Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) was constituted consisting of Minister for Health, Secretary Health , Secretary Population Welfare Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Planning Officer Health Department, Chief HSRU Health Department, Director General Health Services, Dean Khyber Medical College Peshawar , Director General Provincial Health Services Academy, Executive Director Health Services academy , Executive Director Health Services Academy Islamabad, Dr Hamid Shehzad, consultant Lady Reading Hospital , Director Social Health Protection Initiative, Director Independent Monitoring Unit and Director Institute of Public Health.The representative of Department for international Development (DFID), GOC, JICA, KFW, USAID, World Bank, WHO, European Union, Agha Khan Development Network and UNFPA is also member of HPAC.
Dr. Hishamsaid that health policy was aimed to implement policies that would reform and strengthen KP Healthcare System, enabling it to provide essential, cost effective and quality health care to all its citizens and with focus on developing preventive, primary &secondary healthcare and strengthening tertiary level healthcare.
‘This will ensure universal health coverage for the people based on equitable coverage, accountable, transparent, sound management & governance,results based management, safe for patients and staff,responsive service deliveryand access of essential health services especially for the poorand vulnerable’ he said adding that steps will be taken to reduce the burden of diseases especially among vulnerablesegments of the population, improve human resource management andenhance health financing for efficient service delivery to the people of KP.
Health minister was of the view that through this policy they willstrengthen preventive healthcare services focusing on child immunization, reproductive health, MNCH, malnutrition and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.He said the policy also focuses on the prevention, early detection and subsidized curative support based on lifecycle approach and continuum of care for common diseases.
The department will address the major killers in new born and children under 5 years of age like diarrhea, ARI,measles, malaria and malnutrition through Integrated Management strategies like IMNCI and will develop a program with an objective of improving the nutrition status ofchildren below 3 years and women of childbearing age Improved Human Resource Management Improving delivery of essential service,encouragement of women friendly working environment in all health facilities and institutions within the framework of service rules. Under the policy the department will strengthen medical and nursing education and curriculum development, promote concepts of ‘One health’ and ‘health in all policies’ through a renewed and synergistic focus on cross-sectoral action for advancing health and improving responsiveness–citizens empowerment and voice will be ensured in decision making at all levels to improve governance and accountability.
The minister also said that strengthening autonomous bodies and improving pharmaceutical management, developing health financing strategy for the province are some of the goals to be achieved.Dr. Hisham told that the Health Sector Reform Unit of health department will be the entity responsible to facilitate implementation of thePolicy. He added that a monitoring and evaluation mechanism will be developed for the health policy that will facilitate assessment of progress towards fulfilling the outcomes outlined in the health policy. HPAC will meet on quarterly basis to oversee the implementation of health policy. Furthermore it will be strengthened to provide technical backstopping to the department.
Responding to a question, health minister said that all ongoing mega health projects will be completed in 2019 and these will be started phase wise for service delivery. To overcome the issue of lack of doctors, government is going to appoint doctors on adhoc basis in the province. He said that amendment in MTI act was aimed to enhance the efficiency of these hospitals and improve check and balance system. Health minister said that their leadership, bureaucracy and security forces are on a single page and they are completely supporting him to improve and strengthen healthcare system in the merged districts. Regarding tribal districts, the minister said that health ADP for the merged districts is being reviewed and they will take practical steps for development of health system in these districts. He said media should also support the government in improving and strengthening health system in the province and merged districts