PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has agreed to the proposed reforms plan to improve utilization of Primary Healthcare Facilities and principally approved the establishment of Primary Care Management Committees along with composition for Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centers of the province directing the health department that same should be submitted in the upcoming meeting of the provincial cabinet for final approval.
Chairing a meeting of health department held here at Chief Minister House Peshawar, Mahmood Khan said that establishment of Separate Management Committees for Primary Health Care Institutions was instrumental and need of the hour adding that the ultimate goal of the overall efforts was to ensure efficient services delivery for which billions of rupees were being spent as the operational budget of Primary Healthcare Institutions.
“We would have to ensure result-oriented utilization of these resources at all cost”, he added.
Provincial Minister for Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Special Assistant to CM on Information Kamran Bangash, Principal Secretary to CM Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Health Imtiaz Hussain Shah and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
The meeting was briefed about the proposed reforms in Primary Healthcare System, establishment of Management Committees and other related matters. The meeting was informed that almost Rs. 10 billion was being spent as the operational budget of over thousand Primary Healthcare Facilities in the province.
There are 770 Basic Health Units and 111 Rural Health Centers only in settle Districts of the province. The current model of managing Primary Health Facilities needs to be changed and for this purpose a comprehensive plan has been chalked out, the meeting informed.
The proposed plan include few necessary changes in existing Management Model, improvement of infrastructure and furniture, standardization of service delivery equipments, provision of essential drugs and consumables, availability of staff and supervision etc.
The meeting was apprised that the health department was also developing a policy to introduce rapid diagnostic tests at all Primary Healthcare Facilities including blood glucose, hemoglobin, Pregnancy, HIV, Malaria, Dengue and Hepatitis B&C.
The meeting was told that proposed model was tested in a total of 20 basic health units (BHU) and rural health centres ( RHC) of Peshawar district on pre pilot project basis and positive results had been noticed, adding that under the said model BHUs and RHCs could facilitate additional one million patients while the implementation cost of model would be Rs two billion .
The forum was apprised that in primary health care facilities some 882 primary care management committees would be constituted whereas in secondary health care hospitals 108 health management committees would be formed.
The forum was also briefed in detail about the proposed constitution of committees, their objectives, responsibilities and utilization of funds. District Health Steering Committees would also be established to ensure broad supervision of all the matters related to Management Committees and service delivery in the Primary Healthcare Institutions so that availability of medicines, equipments and transparent utilization of funds could be ensured.