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Healthcare in Fata Governor for role of private sector

Bureau Report 2013-12-03
PESHAWAR, Dec 2: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Eng Shaukatullah Khan has taken strong exception to lack of proper healthcare facilities in Fata despite existence of a number of health centres and hinted at taking concrete measures to improve the situation.

According to a handout, the governor has principally conceded to the idea of running the existing hospitals and other health institutions in Fata in line with public-private partnership system to resolve problems of tribal people.

To make this possible, he directed the Fata Secretariat to furnish practicable measures at the earliest.

He issued the directives while presiding over a briefing on performance of healthcare institutions in Fata at Governor`s House here on Monday. Fata additional chief secretary and principal secretary to governor as well as secretary and director health Fata were also present on the occasion.

The governor said that en-suring provision of quality healthcare facilities, services and medicines to people was responsibility of the government. There was also the need to ensure regular working of doctors and other staff members concerned,he added.

The governor desired to ensure availability of standardised quality healthcare facilities in each and every tribal agency, tehsil and frontier region.

`There is also need to adoptfocused approach ofensuring availability of all the respective healthcare services on premises of the respective single health unit,` Mr Khan said. He desired to integrate dispensaries with nearest basic health units in entire Fata.

In case of any hardship in making healthcare facilities available to people, possibility needs should be explored to do the needful as a special case, he added.

The governor also desired to constitute Fata medicine control committee and make sure that all the available healthcare facilities andequipments were made fully functional subject to clearance from respective technical committees.

Meanwhile, renowned educationist G.D. Langlands called on the governor here on Monday.

Mr Langlands, who came to Indian Sub-continent as a British soldier in 1944, preferred to stay back after independence and since then he has been serving Pakistanis in the field of education.

He established G.D.

Langlands School and College at Chitral in 1988 and worked there till 2012. Prior to this, he contributed in establishment of Cadet College Razmak in 1978 and also served it as its principal from 1979 to 1988.

Mr Langlands, who is now staying at Aitcheson College, Lahore as its guest of honour, also served it from 1953 to 1978.

The governor welcomed the distinguished educationist and paid tributes to the remarkable services which he had rendered in promotion of education in the country.