ISLAMABAD - Various projects of the Ministry of Health under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2009-10 are likely to hit snag as in the first half (July-December) of the current fiscal year, the Finance Ministry released only Rs6 billion against the demand of Rs11 billion. According to an official of the Health Ministry, Finance Ministry failed in releasing the amount. Ministry of Health was allocated Rs23.154 billion for the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) in 2009-10 budget and the allocated amount was already insufficient to complete the ongoing projects, the official noted. From the very beginning of the ongoing fiscal year, the Finance Ministry slashed the allocated amount as in the first quarter (July-September) the Ministry released Rs1.96 billion against the allocated amount of Rs5.38 billion. Due to this cut in amount, eventually, at the end of the financial year the Ministry would not be able to achieve its targets the official regretted. Owing to non-availability of the required amount, 11 new proposed projects are most likely to be affected. These projects include upgradation of Cancer Treatment Facility at Nishtar Hospital, Establishment of Medical College at Khuzdar, Establishment of Medical College in Loralai, Establishment of 300-bed maternal hospital with Child Health Institute at District Benazirabad; establishment of 300-bed hospital with Trauma Centre in Karachi, establishment of 150-bed DHQ Hospital, Palndri, establishment of Benazir Medical College, Gujranwala; extension and development of BMC Complex Quetta; extension and development of cancer hospital in Quetta; PMs emergency Action Plan for Hepatitis and establishment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical Complex at National Highway Karachi. Out of the total 67 ongoing projects of the ministry, 13 are national-level health programmes. It is to be mentioned here that the Health Ministry is among the key ministries including Industries & Production, Food and Agriculture, Population Welfare, Education and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission that are facing problems to continue their ongoing and new projects, as the Ministry of Finance has not released the required amount despite passage of the first quarter.