The federal government of Pakistan is planning to establish a new health authority for the capital and plans to spend Rs14 billion for revamping the health infrastructure in the federal capital.
Federal Health Minister Amir Mehmood Kiani unveiled government plans during a press conference on Thursday. His statement came soon after the Supreme Court asked the health ministry to submit the plans and reports about elevating the health conditions in the federal capital and in rural areas, Turbine reported.
The health minister said the government will establish a nursing university in the capital at the cost of Rs10 billion in order to cope with staff shortage in the hospitals. Additionally, the nursing council will be strengthened along with the formation of a new task force to provide modern training to the nursing staff.
The minister also said in a statement that a new 300-bed hospital will be established in Taramri, the Saudi Arabian government will support to establish this new hospital with funds around Rs2.5 billion.
The upgrading of Federal Government Polyclinic hospital at Islamabad will also be started soon, he added.
The health minister also said they have started working on improving all the basic health units and dispensaries in the capital, the basic health unit at Tarnol will be upgraded to a trauma center, Bhara Kahu will also receive a new mother and child healthcare center, he added.
While talking about Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Kiani said, it will be upgraded with new equipment including 25 new dialysis machines, 250 doctors and nursing staff to bridge the gap in staff at the hospital.
He also said the government is planning to issue health cards to the citizens and it will raise the insurance limit on the cards.
The government is also planning to facilitate trading community and visitors at different airports, dry ports and seaports by establishing health desks at all entry points of the country. The desks will be responsible for watching over the viruses and infectious diseases being brought to the country by visitors.