PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will increase number of health workers and vaccinators under recently approved Integrated PC-1 of Rs22.885 million as well as law on protection and promotion of breastfeeding will be passed shortly. These commitments were made by senior health officials during a meeting chaired by Dr Syed Abdul Waheed Shah, Director General Health Services KP.
Provincial Director Save the Children Mussarat Khattak in her welcome remarks assured the technical support of Save  the Children to the KP government for improving mother and child  health indicators in the province. The meeting started with review of previous TAG meeting minutes.
Dr Akhtar, Coordinator Health Sector Reforms Unit (HSRU), shared that the "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Breastfeeding and Young Child Nutrition Bill 2014" is still pending with the law department for vetting. The DGHS KP directed the health officials to form a sub-committee of TAG, which will meet with the Secretary Law Department to know the concerns of the department  and take appropriate measures to remove the objections if any so that the bill could be enacted  immediately.
Dr Shabina Raza, Provincial Coordinator LHWs Programme KP, presented details of integrated PC- 1, which aims to integrate health service delivery with special focus on RMNCH, LHW, EPI and nutrition services. She highlighted that implementation of integrated PC-1 will help KP  Health Department to reach 80 per cent population through provision of primary healthcare services.
"If the programme is implemented effectively, we will achieve 100 per cent target of immunisation during next four years," she added. Dr Shabina said that under this programme the KP government would recruit additional 3,600 Lady Health Eorkers (LHWs), 111 Lady Health Supervisors (LHS), 272 Community Midwives (CMWs), 500 vaccinators and 294 technical officers at district and provincial levels.
Dr Janbaz Afridi, Deputy Director Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, shared the overall situation of immunisation in the province. He said as per  the PDHS 2012-13 some improvement has been witnessed under all routine immunisation  indicators.
"As per the PDHS 2012-13 report, in KP complete immunisation coverage reached at 54 per cent which was 47 per cent in the 2006-7 survey," he added. "Measles coverage is also insignificant and polio immunisation is our weakest area, however, the provincial government is committed to strengthen the routine immunisation and eradicate polio," said Dr Afridi. He said that KP government's special initiative 'Sehat Ka Insaf' would be helpful in improving routine immunisation in the province.
Dr Qaisar Ali, Deputy Director Nutrition and Reproductive Health acknowledged the support of development partners, including Save the Children for highlighting issue of malnutrition and making it priority agenda of politicians and policy makers.