KP health dept needs complete restructuring

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Abbottabad—Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) have prepared policy recommendations for health sectors reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to facilitate the government to implement a better policy for health sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

One-day policy dialogue on health sector for the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw was arranged by the CPDI in Press club Abbottabad on Tuesday. Large number of participants from different walks of life including political and civil society activists attended the policy dialogue.

Resource person Syed Kausar Abbas, Program Manager of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives said that the KP still have no health policy to implement officially at the grass root level.

He told that CPDI has prepared the policy recommendations with the consultation of all political stakeholders, public officials working at district and provincial level for education, healthfood and agriculture sector reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw.

He said that the policy recommendations of education sector would be presented on Thursday May 29, 2014 in Peshawar. Invitations to Provincial Education Minister Atif Khan, Members of standing committee, MNA Nafeesa Khattak, opposition parties have been sent to attend the policy dialogue on May 29 in Peshawar.

Talking about health recommendations Kausar Abbas presented that the provincial government needs to improve the health sector which are aimed to address three broad areas: administrative and fiscal issues, policy and advocacy related issues, and Legislative considerations. All these targeted areas of improvements are discussed under the light of changed environment after 18th amendment and number of proposals, which were presented by the speaker, was discussed in length. They are which need more attention are management of vertical program, health education regulation, drug regulation and provincial policy and planning, etc. In the light of these new challenges, the Health Department needs to be restructured. A particular focus should be made on the creation of policy and planning wing to focus on the strategic and creative aspects of health management in the province. This restructuring will lead to re-allotment of sources from low density to high-density work areas. This will also initiate readjustment of employees from one section to other. It may appear a gigantic task to embark on at once. Therefore, a gradual restructuring is proposed with high priority areas taking the lead. Nonetheless, the Health Department needs complete restructuring, sooner or later and its management.

It was further demanded that provincial government should prepare policy documents in specific areas related to its various functions. The department should be creative in its approach to realize not only the existing requirements but also the demands that may come up in the near future. Some of the policy areas are health education policy, public private partnership, health service delivery standards, management of professional bodies, health regulatory functions and private medical colleges.

Legislation was demanded and revision existing legislation, which was made at the Federal level, and d serves the purpose for the moment. However, these federal laws need to be amended or replaced with new legislation in accordance with the demands of the province. Despite the fact that the provincial government has already embarked on new legislative process in some areas, it still needs new/reviewed legislation.

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