PESHAWAR - A total of 93 developmental projects of health sector have been included in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Annual Developmental Plan (ADP) for financial year 2016-17 with an allocation of Rs.10.54 billion. These projects include 77 ongoing and 16 new schemes.

According to the budget documents, the new projects include extension of Health Insurance Scheme to all districts of the province, establishment of Regional Safe Blood Transfusion Centers at Abbottabad, D.I.Khan and Swat, establishment of Khyber Institute of Neuro Sciences and Clinical Research Mardan, Establishment of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical College Peshawar, land acquisition and building construction for Gajuu Khan Medical College Swabi, purchase of equipment for Siadu Medical College Swat, provision of free treatment facilities to 3500 registered patients of cancer, standardization of all the district headquarters and tehsil headquarters hospitals of the province, reconstruction of building of Liaqat Memorial Hospital Kohat, purchase of equipment for Peshawar Institute of Cardiology and improvement of emergency services in all the DHQ and THQ hospitals of the province.

Similarly, provision of free treatment facilities to the patients of TB and Hepatitis, measures to prevent Dengue and Malaraia, launching of "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Immunization Program"- a five-year integrated program to control polio and other related diseases, improvement of primary and maternity heath care services, and measures to control HIV and Hepatitis are also important component of the new ADP.

The projects to be completed during the new financial year include the construction of operation theatres and wards in Paraplegic Centre Peshawar, construction of building for Gomal Medical College D.I.Khan, construction of lecture theatres and female mortuary in Khyber Medical College Peshawar, establishment of Peshawar Institute of Cardiology Phase II, improvement and Standardization of DHQ Hospital Nowshehra, establishment of Blood Transfusion Centres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, establishment of casualty block in Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar, upgradation of Siadu Group of Hospitals, strengthening of Routine Immunization, establishment of Post Graduate Medical Institute at Hayytabad Medicla complex Peshawar and the like.

On human resource side, more than 15000 new vacancies have been proposed to be created in health sector in the new budget. These proposed vacancies include more than 1300 vacancies of Lady Health Workers to regularize the entire LHW program in the province, more than 1000 vacancies of vaccinators to be posted at union council level and many other vacancies of various categories.

RS90M FOR MINORITIES’ WELFARE

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has made special allocations for safeguarding and protecting rights of minorities, promotion of religious harmony and raising the living standards of masses belonging to minorities, officials said yesterday.

In this connection, the KP government has made an allocation of Rs.90 million for the renovation/beatification of temples, churches and “Gurdwaras”, they added.

Similarly, stipends, textbooks and free uniform will also be provided to students of minority community. Apart from this, sufficient funds have been set aside to complete the ongoing projects initiated for the welfare of minorities in the financial year 2015-16.

They said that these include special packages for financial assistance “Jahez Fund” and health cover of minorities, construction of residential colonies, worship places, protection walls around minorities graveyards, special package for “Kalash community” free textbooks, uniform, foolproof security arrangements for worship places of minorities, special project for construction of “Hindu temple” in district Karak.

Likewise, skill enhancement scheme was initiated to provide free skill training to the minority youth at a cost of Rs 9.855 million.

Moreover, Rs. 700 have also been given to the participants as a toolkit charges.

Basic objective behind the scheme was to enable the students to get higher education and play their due role in the development of their community and the country, they said.