Pakistan plans to spend 73.9 billion rupees on health : Asad Umer

  • By Laiba Tariq
  • 12 months ago
  • 4 min read
Pakistan plans to spend 73.9 billion rupees on health : Asad Umer

Categories: Health, News

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said the government will spend Rs73.9 billion on health in the current fiscal year, an increase of 410 percent over the previous fiscal year. He expressed these views while conducting a high-level policy review meeting on the ongoing health schemes that have received federal funding in the current and previous years.

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Umar noted that the Government doesn’t only protect health in budgetary allocations but also commits to critical and strategic projects when discussing Sehat Sahulat. That included stronger health systems, pandemic preparedness, and universal health coverage.

He further declared that “Overall Pakistan will be spending 410 percent higher in the current year than the previous years of the health budget. This is also thrice the amount of total spend on health in the last three years,”. To support 40 new and ongoing health schemes, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination was allocated Rs21.7 billion in PSDP 2021-2022. The ministry’s budget increased by 50 percent compared to last year.

The Finance Division has allocated Rs2 billion to health projects, Kashmir Affairs has allocated Rs4.4 billion, and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has allocated Rs2.8 billion for health projects, bringing the total allocated for improving health services to Rs30.9 billion.

Together, these 60 health schemes will lead to 16 groundbreaking new health facilities and 2 upgrades. The completion and inauguration of 3 new health facilities, 10 upgraded facilities in 2019, and the completion of 12 new and 9 upgraded health facilities in 2023.

These include the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Rawalpindi, a state-of-the-art accident and emergency Centre at PIMS Islamabad as well as up-gradation of neurology and nephrology departments.

Dr. Shabnum Sarfraz, Member Social Sector, presented the PSDP portfolio for health in the meeting and highlighted that five provincial projects accounted for Rs3.6 billion are currently in progress. She also apprised that on a cost-sharing basis, the provinces were allocated Rs37.96 billion under the Covid-19 Responsive Umbrella PC1 of the Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiatives.

Approximately Rs5.02 billion has been allocated by the federal government for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under this program to upgrade 19 divisional headquarters located in 19 districts. An allocation of Rs10.41 billion would support 16 District Headquarters, 23 Training Headquarters, and 4 teaching hospitals across 21 districts in Sindh.

 

Laiba Tariq
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