PESHAWAR, 17 October — Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, Prime Minister, agreed to the proposed reform plan to improve the use of primary health care facilities and in principle approved the establishment of primary care management committees, together with the establishment of basic health units and rural health units .
Mahmood Khan, chair of a meeting of the health department here at CM House, said the establishment of separate management committees for primary health care institutions was a need.
He added that the ultimate goal of overall efforts was to ensure efficient service delivery for which billions of rupees are spent.
“We must ensure results-oriented use of these resources at all costs,” he added.
At the event, the meeting was briefed on proposed reforms in the Primary Health Care System, the establishment of management committees and other related matters. It has been said that almost Rs. 10 billion was spent on the operating budget of more than a thousand primary health care facilities in the province.
The meeting said the health department is also developing a policy to introduce rapid diagnostic tests at all primary health care facilities, including blood glucose, hemoglobin, pregnancy, HIV, malaria, dengue and hepatitis B&C.
It was reported that the proposed model was tested in a total of 20 BHUs and RHCs from the Peshawar district, and positive results were noted.
The forum said 882 primary care management committees would be formed in primary health care facilities, while 108 health management committees would be formed in secondary hospitals.
The forum was also briefed on the proposed composition of committees, their objectives, responsibilities and the utilization of funds.
Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, CM Special Assistant on Information Kamran Bangash, General Secretary of CM Shahab Ali Shah, Health Secretary Imtiaz Hussain Shah and other officials involved attended the meeting.