PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, has said that the present provincial government in accordance with its agenda is taking initiatives to provide best healthcare facilities to the poor of the province.

Besides others fruitful initiatives, the Insulin Bank is being established in Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, which will soon be inaugurated formally. He said Rs 25 million has been allocated for this project out of which Rs 12.5 million has been released to the Health Department and the remaining Rs 12.5 million has been transferred to Hayatabad Medical Complex. He said the focal persons have also been identified in eight hospitals.

This he said while talking to the doctors and other concerned officials at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. Deputy Director EPI Dr Janbaz Afridi, Chief Executive LRH and other concerned authorities were also present on this occasion.

The health minister on the occasion urged doctors and other staff to play their vital role in bringing about a visible change as the provincial government was fully committed in this regard and has taken these historical steps which were the long-standing demand of the province. He said, moreover, a graceful structure had been formulated for the doctors, which would certainly be helpful to redress the problems of doctors.

He said poor people of the province were depending on public run hospitals as due to low income they could not afford expenditures of private hospitals.  He said the government was trying to provide them free treatment in regard fatal and costly diseases. He said establishment of Insulin Bank was a historical achievement of the present government, where free treatment of diabetes would be available for poor patients. The purchase of Insulin had already been done while the registration had also been started from February 1, 2014, he concluded.nds.