Health minister unveils Rs35.6bn project to combat fatal diseases

Press Release 08:12 PM, 20 Feb, 2024
Health minister unveils Rs35.6bn project to combat fatal diseases

PESHAWAR: The federal government is launching a mega project worth Rs35.6 billion aimed at eradicating fatal diseases such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis countrywide.

Making the announcement, Dr Nadeem Jan, the Caretaker Federal Minister for Health, mentioned the allocation of Rs6 billion for a program specifically focused on controlling diabetes. Additionally, he said, initiatives are underway to combat HIV/AIDS and enhance healthcare facilities for affected individuals.

Saying that ensuring access to quality healthcare at the community level remains a top priority for the government, Dr Jan emphasized efforts to improve basic health units (BHUs) by strengthening medical staff, upgrading equipment, and ensuring adequate drug supplies.

He commended the World Health Organization's assistance in rehabilitating flood-affected BHUs, saying it will significantly enhance healthcare delivery in the flood-affected areas.

The minister emphasized the crucial role of health department officials in maximizing the utilization of BHUs for the public welfare. Timely availability of staff and provision of quality  healthcare services are top priorities of the health department, he stressed.

Dr Jan underscored the importance of effective BHU performance in reducing pressure on larger hospitals and ultimately saving lives. The mega project's objective is not only to eradicate fatal diseases but also to provide assistance to the patients across the country, he adds.

The minister also announced more initiatives targeting HIV/AIDS eradication to benefit the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a subsequent visit to the Akhun Dheri BHU in Charsadda, and the TB Hospital in Baghdada, Mardan, the minister inaugurated a training centre and received briefings on these healthcare projects.