Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, Dr. Zafar Mirza, has announced a new model primary healthcare system in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) as a pilot project for the next 18 months.
The state minister said that the first Primary Healthcare unit would be established in Shah Allah Ditta very soon. This basic healthcare system will also include dentistry services. The model project is expected to help 2.2 million people in ICT.
Mirza made the announcement while giving an address on ‘Health Vision of Government of Pakistan’ organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He said that the local members of the National Assembly have also been consulted on the matter.
The data of primary health center patients will be linked with secondary and tertiary healthcare institutions for timely treatment if they need to be shifted. The ministry added that the control of the primary healthcare systems of the country is with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination.
He said that Pakistan needs a national regulatory framework for health services. The state minister maintained that the federal government can form a regulatory framework at the national level while remaining within the domain of 18th amendment.
He said that macro-level programs like malaria, hepatitis, and HIV control have weakened due to a lack of proper coordination among provinces and the federal government.