PESHAWAR: KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that additional funds will be allocated to extend the coverage of Sehat Insaf Card Scheme to the 100 percent population of the province.

Presiding over a meeting regarding formulation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) here Saturday, the Chief Minister also hinted at the allocation of significant funds for the uplift of health sector in the province in the upcoming provincial budget so that the health service delivery system could be strengthened and improved in the province to enable it to effectively deal with the challenges of any emergency situation including that of Covid-19.

Provincial Health Minister, Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Additional Chief Secretary, Shakil Qadir, Principal Secretary to CM, Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Planning and Development, Humayun Khan, Secretary Health, Syed Imtiaz Hussain and other relevant authorities attended the meeting.

He has further said that special attention will be paid to fulfil the deficiencies of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals, medical equipments and emergency medicines in all the categories of hospitals ranging from Basic Health Units upto Territory Care Hospitals.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing about the proposed developmental schemes of health sector to be included in the next ADP. The meeting also reviewed in detail the progress so far made on the completion of ongoing developmental schemes under the current ADP.

The meeting was informed that a comprehensive programme for improving service delivery in all public sector hospitals had been proposed for the new ADP whereas a scheme for upgradation of all nine nursing schools of the province to nursing colleges would also be reflected in the new ADP in order to revamp the nursing sector as per the requirements of the modern age.

The meeting was briefed and further informed that a number of other schemes like strengthening the Routine Immunisation, upgradation of hospitals, provision of emergency medicines and medical equipments, hiring of essential health staff for hospitals and special initiatives to effectively deal with corona pandemic would be part of the health sector ADP.

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