There is not a single teaching level hospital in the merged tribal districts. The previously established Agency Headquarter Hospitals of former FATA era are not even at par with District Headquarter Hospitals of settled districts in health infrastructure, availability of specialist doctors and trained paramedical staff. A former governor of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Lt.General (R) Iftikhar Hussain Shah had brought some improvement in health facilities of these hospitals by posting specialist doctors, providing equipment and introducing Institution Based Practice for doctors in the second shift. However, over the past 12 years the health services system in the hospitals of tribal district has deteriorated to greater extent.
The present provincial government had finalised an upgradation plan in March, the implementation process of which could not be started due to dearth of developmental funds for the upgradation of healthcare system in the tribal districts. It merits mention that primary healthcare system in the shape of basic health units and category-D hospitals is non-existent there. A 10 year uplift plan of Rs.100 billion for the tribal districts has already been prepared and the provincial government will seek 3 percent allocation of financial resources for this purpose in the new NFC Award. Let us hope that projects of hospitals’ upgradation will get priority in the next fiscal year.