ISLAMABAD: The government has allocated Rs1.75 billion for three federal health divisions in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2013-14.
According to the budgetary document issued on Wednesday, Rs1.358 billion of the total amount has been earmarked for 18 ongoing PSDP schemes and Rs385.82 million for four new schemes.
After devolution, the federal health sector was split into eight divisions. However, owing to confusion, a new National Health Services Regulation and Coordination Ministry was formed a few months ago, under which all national programmes currently fall.
Meanwhile, Islamabad-related health projects have been placed under the control of the Cabinet Division, Capital Administration and Development Division and Interior Division respectively.
Of the 18 ongoing schemes, two Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) projects have been allocated the highest amounts, with Rs621 million set aside for upgradation of critical care facilities and Rs215.91 million for establishment of cardiac surgery facilities.
For the four new schemes, the highest allocation, of Rs298.82 million, has been made for replacement and purchase of equipment at the Polyclinic Hospital. The Polyclinic administration has been wanting to expand the hospital premises and build a new block to accommodate the ever-increasing number of patients. However, with the current allocation, it seems that the project might not materialise this year either. Moreover, Rs10 million have been earmarked for the bone marrow transplant centre at Pims and Rs65 million for establishment of a federal breast cancer screening centre, also at Pims.
A Pims administration official requesting anonymity said that budget allocations which had not been released on time in previous years had hindered progress of the hospital’s projects.
Even if they were released on time, there was no accountability of the funds’ utilisation, he added.
Total budget: 1.75 billion
• New Schemes
Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Pims, Islamabad
Establishment of Federal Breast Cancer Screening Centre at Pims, Islamabad
Replacement and Purchase of Equipment at Polyclinic Hospital, Islamabad
Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases in ICT
• Interior Division Ongoing Schemes
Renovation of two rural health centres (RHCs) in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)
Renovation of 14 basic health units (BHUs) in ICT
• Cabinet Division Ongoing Schemes
Women’s Hospital & Chest Disease Centre, Rawalpindi
GMP-compliant sera processing laboratory, NIH, Islamabad
Allergy Centre, NIH, Islamabad
National Resource Centre, NIH, Islamabad
Laboratory for Strengthening of Food Quality Control, NIH
Upgradation of building for the manufacturing of measles vaccine, NIH
Upgradation of HDC building, NIH Rehabilitation
National Institute of Health
Residential colony and water supply/treatment system, NIH
• Capital Administration and Development Division Ongoing Schemes
Cardiac Surgery Facilities, Islamabad
PM’s Special Initiative for controlling dengue, pollen allergy, Islamabad
Safe Blood Transfusion Services Project
Critical Care Facilities at Pims, Islamabad
Female Doctors Hostel, Polyclinic, Islamabad
Female Doctors Hostel at Pims, Islamabad
Renovation of Nursing Hostel at Pims, Islamabad
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.
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