District health committees to make doctors accountable to public: minister

Dr Inamullah says LG representatives to be present on the proposed bodies

Our Correspondent January 09, 2019
Warns that action will be taken against those doctors who will not perform duty in remote sites. PHOTO:FILE

PESHAWAR: In order to make the health officials accountable to the public, Provincial Minister for Health Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan has announced forming health committees at district level. The committees will also have representation of the public to identify the shortcomings and problems in concerned health facilities and give their suggestions for further improvement.

The minister expressed these views during a meeting held here at health secretariat Peshawar. The meeting was attended by the members of national and provincial assemblies from district Dir Lower and Dir Upper including MNAs Sahibzada Sanaullah, Azam Khan, MPAs Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Bahadar Khan and Liaquat Khan, Health Secretary Dr Farooq Jameel, Health Adviser Dr Jawad Wasif, district health officers and other officials concerned.

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Addressing the meeting, Dr Inamullah said the performance of health facilities can be improved by putting more checks on healthcare providers.

He was of the view that all doctors and health personnel will be appointed on merit basis as they will not compromise on healthcare of the public. He also said that work on starting 24/7 healthcare services at all health facilities is in progress and further doctors and staff will also be provided for the purpose.

The possibility of recruiting doctors on ad-hoc basis can also be not ruled out, Dr Hisham said adding that the PTI government doubled the salaries of the doctors, so as they may perform duties in far-flung areas as well. He warned that action will be taken against those doctors who will not perform duty in remote sites.

During the meeting lawmakers informed the minister about different issues like lack of specialist doctors and least resources for the health sector in the area. The minister assured them that health department is collecting the data of all doctors in the province including MTI’s and once the process is completed, they will soon depute the doctors on need basis that will address the problem of lack of doctors.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2019.


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