* CM orders decentralisation of powers in health department
December 30, 2014
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Monday said that along with eradication of polio and other diseases among children, the provincial government has taken this as a challenge to provide best health facilities to prevent and treat people from Hepatitis, Malaria, HIV/Aids and other diseases.
“We need to make more effective health programmes that are started with the support of donor agencies and the provincial government would play its due role in this connection,” he said while addressing a briefing to review the pace of different programmes running with support of donor agencies in health sector of the province.
Dr Baloch said that the government was decentralising powers in health department so the department could work and run more effectively, adding that better recommendations of health department were being approved. “Now those responsible for health department must come up with better results,” he warned.
Provincial Information Minister Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Health Secretary Noorul Haq Baloch, Finance Secretary Mushtaq Raisani, DG Health, coordinators of different programmes and other health authorities concerned were present on the occasion.
The health secretary briefed the chief minister about Expended Programme on Immunisation (EPI), HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, Hepatitis and other ongoing programmes in the provincial health sector.
Dr Baloch directed the health secretary to prepare a comprehensive plan to boost up the performance of health department and present it before the cabinet for approval.
“Decentralization of power would help improve performance of departments and eliminate the tendency of absenteeism, therefore it has been decided that the powers of transfers and action against absent doctors and paramedical staff would be delegated to divisional directors and divisional health officers,” he said.
The chief minister said that provision of best healthcare facilities to the masses was the topmost priority of the provincial government. “Through the implementation of reforms we can achieve the set goals of the health department. If we did not pay serious heeds in this regard we could remain more backward in health sector,” he remarked.
Taking serious notice of absent doctors and other paramedics, Dr Baloch said that stern action should be taken against those doctors and paramedical staff who had been transferred but did not report on their duties. He also directed for the closure of salaries to doctors and other medical staff immediately who remain absent from their duties.
He directed that vacant posts in health department should be fulfilled at the earliest and locals should be given preference in lower posts, adding that the appointment of competent and capable people should be ensured in technical and other posts.
The chief minister also directed for taking serious and practical steps for prevention of Hepatitis in all district and declared test of Hepatitis as compulsory for government employees.
He ordered early establishment of molecular lab and provision of other facilities so that people could have test facility in the province instead of going to other province.
The chief minister was informed that for the control and treatment of TB patients, equipments worth millions of rupees were installed in Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium but the required electricity was missing to functional machinery. He directed the health secretary to take up this issue with Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO).
He also directed that all departments, particularly health, should prepare their websites so that people could have access to required information easily. Besides, he directed the dearth of specialists in far-flung areas of the province should also be addressed.
Dr Baloch also expressed his displeasure over increasing polio cases and other diseases and said that the government was determined to wipe out polio disease from the province and no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.
He directed that the programme for immunisation of children against polio and other diseases should be made effective and functional, and action should be taken against absent vaccinators deputed in healthcare centres.