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  February 12, 2017



More than 80 percent vacancies of MOs filled in RHCs

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has almost completed all the necessary preparations to provide round the clock healthcare services in all the Rural Health Centers (RHCs) of the province to ensure basic healthcare services to the people at their door steps. Established decades ago these units have not been fully functional due to non availability of staff specially the doctors. The present provincial government to utilize these healthcare units to the optimum, has taken necessary steps on priority basis to ensure the availability of doctors in it, and resultantly more than 80 percent vacancies of Medical Officers (MOs) have so far been filled whereas about 1500 MOs have recently been inducted in to the system on ad hoc basis to make up the rest of the deficiency, and it is expected that by the end of this month the rest of the vacancies will also be filled.

This was revealed in a stock take meeting on the Heath Roadmap of KP health sector held in the federal capital the other day. Besides secretary health KP and other high ups of the provincial health department, representatives of international donor agencies and partner organizations including DFID, TRF and EVA-BHN attended the meeting. The participants of the meeting were given detailed briefing regarding the progress so far made in connection with the provision of necessary staff, medicines and medical equipments in primary healthcare units to make them 24/7 functional. Report of the Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) of health department prepared to this effect was also discussed threadbare. The meeting was informed that during the past six months the department has made significant progress in posting of MOs, Medical Technicians and Leady Health Visitors, medicines availability and equipment functionality in primary level healthcare service outlets. It was told that in September 2016, 75 percent vacant positions of MOs were filled in RHCs while as per IMU data of January 2017, more than 80 percent positions have been filled. Similarly the presence of staff in these units is also being vigilantly monitored through IMU and as such there has been significant improvement in staff presence and sharp decrease in staff absenteeism. The forum was further informed that the provincial government had already delegated more financial powers to the District Health Officers to enable them make local purchase in accordance with their specific localized requirements and resolve petty financial issues there and then.

The provincial minister while expressing his satisfaction on the progress so far made by the department, urged the high ups to ensure the 24/7 functionality of RHCs in all respects and treat the matter as top priority of the department.



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