QUETTA - The members of Balochistan Assembly while expressing their dissatisfaction over the health facilities in the province have demanded of the government to take bold steps for ensuring proper health facilities to the people. The house met with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair after two days break. The house debated the issue for about two and half hours on an adjournment motion moved by PML-Q member Jaffar Khan Mendokhel. Taking part in the debate, Jaffar Khan Mendokhel, Captain (r) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai of PML-N, Zahoor Buledi, Sardar Aslam Bezinjo, Raheela Durrani, Maulana Abdul Bari Agha, Abdul Samad Akhuandzad, Shama Perven Magsi, Nasreen Khethran, Abdul Rehman Mengal Aghan Irfan, Fouzia Marri and others said that the condition of hospitals in the province was very much deplorable as most of the government hospitals were lacking doctors, staff, medicines and other basic facilities. They said doctors prefer to stay in their private clinics instead of giving due time to government hospitals. Prices of medicines are beyond the reach of people as there are a number of pharmaceutical companies with different prices and quality, they said and added that health department should take notice of high prices and spurious medicines. They said that Medical Superintendents and District Health Officers should be given directives to maintain proper health facilities in their respective areas. They said the province was widely facing problems in health sector and there were still many areas in the province where people were deprived of basic health facilities. They demanded that committees should be formed to look into the matter and there should be no pressure on department concerned in connection with posting and transfers of doctors. They said there was no proper planning in the health department regarding hospitals and their future requirements that would create immense problems. Due to lack of proper facilities people are compelled to go to Sindh and Punjab, they said and added that doctors should be given appropriate salary in government hospitals. They said the health department should take notice of doctors who did not perform their duties and ensure provision of basic facilities and standard healthcare in hospitals. Responding to adjournment motion, Health Minister Ainullah Shamas said that health department was making all-out effort for the improvement of hospitals in the province within its limited resources. He said that the budget of medicines for two big hospitals of Quetta including Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital was only Rs 140 million while about 70,0000 patients were given treatment in Civil Hospital in 2009. He said it would be injustice with doctors if they were barred from doing private practices, because there was no ban on private practice of doctors in any part of the world. He said they had demanded Chief Minister for provision of a machine but till date it was not materialised. I along with secretary health met with finance secretary in this regard but he excused, saying there is shortage of funds, he added. He said the powers of health department were limited to only transfers and postings and demanded that more powers should be given to it. Ainullah Shams said the government besides announcing increase in the salaries of doctors should also increase the package for pathologists as the province was lacking pathologists.