Ministry of Planning Launches Rs. 70 Billion Program to Upgrade Healthcare in Pakistan

Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiatives has launched a special program with an outlay of Rs. 70 billion. It focuses on public health surveillance and disease detection, upgrading DHQ/THQ Hospitals, provision of quarantine and testing facilities at ports, clean drinking water, solid waste management, and improving local infrastructure.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammed Jehanzeb Khan chaired the meeting to discuss the project, which was titled “COVID19 Responsive and Other Natural Calamities Control Program”.

Secretary Planning Mathar Niaz Rana, Members of the Planning Commission, CEO PPP Authority, Advisor Development Budget-M/o PD&SI, and senior officials of ministries were present at the meeting.

Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan said that the project will be implemented in partnership with provincial and local agencies to respond and reduce the impact of COVID-19 and contribute to restoring normal life after lockdown and putting the economy back on a growth trajectory.

He said that the pandemic has made us realize the need to renovate health facilities across the country. The projects have to be prepared urgently in order to meet the challenges of the present crisis.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission advised vigilance for any duplication of the projects. He noted that for addressing the challenges, there needs to be a strong national team with a dedicated team with requisite qualifications and experience.

The block allocation of Rs. 70 billion earmarked in the PSDP 2020-21 for COVID-19 Responsive and Other Natural Calamities Control Program will be utilized through projects prepared by federal and provincial governments. The provincial government would share 50% of the project cost which would increase the outlay to Rs. 140 Billion.

This is an excellent collaboration between the Federal Government and Provinces to upgrade the health system and revive the local economy.

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