PESHAWAR - As the government has been striving to promote a healthy society through an effective network of facilities and services all over the tribal belt, the FATA development planners associated with health sector have chalked out a comprehensive plan for improving health delivery system in the FATA, with a total budgetary allocation of Rs. 1664.037 million for the current fiscal 2014-15.

The health bosses in the FATA Secretariat  under the especial directives of the Additional Chief Secretary FATA Mohammad Azam Khan have been putting their best to bring substantial improvement in the delivery of  health facilities keeping in mind the tribesmen's common complaints about lack of doctors, state-of-the-art facilities and medicines in the hospitals in the tribal agencies.

Health sector in FATA would receive 10.83 percent of the total development outlay amounting to Rs.15.372 billion which is the third highest allocation after Education and Communication sectors.

The health budget is being spent on 51 ongoing and 39 new schemes during the current financial year for which Rs.1028.872 million and Rs.635.165 million have been allocated respectively.

The Federal PSDP 2014-15 documents revealed that the allocation for FATA has been pitched at Rs.19.00 billion. After deduction of Rs.1.920 billion foreign aid component and Rs.1.708 billion for FATA Development Authority, the net development budget disbursable among tribal agencies and FRs is Rs.15.372 billion. The Fata health ADP programme focuses on 60 percent ongoing and 40 percent new schemes, say official sources.

Under the agency wise break-up in health sector for 2014-15, Bajaur to get Rs.183.601 million, Mohmand Agency Rs.171.671 million, Khyber Rs.175.165 million, FR Peshawar Rs.14.078 million, Kurram Agency Rs.78.002 million, Orakzai Rs.41.929 million, FR Kohat Rs.11.336 million, North Waziristan Rs.96.475 million, FR Bannu 11.276 million, FR Lakki Marwat Rs.5.316 million, South Waziristan Rs.162.591 million, FR Tank Rs.14 million and FR D I Khan Rs37.069 million.

Under the All FATA Programme, as many as 16 new schemes in health sector have been proposed for 2014-15 including strengthening of health directorates, establishment of comprehensive eye-care services in Fata, physical rehabilitation centers, improvement in existing health facilities, launching of hepatitis control programme phase-11, establishment of thalassemia centers in AHQ hospitals, up-gradation of family welfare centre, mobile hospitals programme, solarization of existing AHQ and THQ hospitals, TB control programme and award of scholarships to tribal medical students.

Similarly, as many as 16 ongoing schemes would be completed under the All FATA Programme three in Khyber Agency, five in Mohmand, four in FR D I Khan, five in South Waziristan, three in North Waziristan and five in Kurram Agency in the current fiscal.

Of the total 39 new schemes proposed in the ADP 2014-15, nine would be initiated under the All FATA Programme, and the rest of 30 in the respective tribal agencies on need basis. South Waziristan Agency has topped the list of new schemes with thirteen projects while Bajaur, Mohmand and Orakzai agencies would get two new schemes each.

In South Waziristan Agency 13 new schemes have been proposed that include establishment of labor suites in the existing health facilities, upgradation of four civil dispensaries to CHCs in opened areas, upgradation of one civil dispensary in Mehsud closed area and establishment of category D hospitals at Thanak, Makin and Sarwakai areas.

Under the comprehensive plan, the health officials informed that the authorities have set major targets including standardization, rehabilitation, strengthening and regularization of the existing health infrastructure in the tribal regions.