PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has agreed to grant financial incentives to the medical doctors and other health care staff for attracting them to serve in the rural and remote areas of the province, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. 
 
The proposed incentives will cost an additional amount of Rs.3.3 billion. However final announcement regarding these incentives will be made by next Tuesday by the Chief Minister. He was presiding over a meeting regarding issues of health sector held at CM secretariat.
 
CM also directed the health department to assess the needs of all district hospitals of the province and submit a comprehensive plan on urgent basis by Tuesday next to equip them with all necessary and up to the mark facilities by June next. These facilities must include necessary staff, equipments, installations, medicines, accommodations, buildings renovations and other facilities, he advised.
 
The meeting also gave approval to directly recruitment of 900 nurses and 500 health technicians on adhoc basis for which the provincial Public Service Commission had issued NOC. The meeting was attended by the Provincial Health Minister Shahram Tarakai, Education Minister Muhammad Atif, Secretaries of Finance, Health and Administration departments and other concerned officers.
 
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak directed that staff and equipments for the district headquarters hospitals be procured by the mid of next month on the war footing and separate PC-1 for the needs of Tehsil level hospital as well as rural health centers also be submitted within a week time.
 
Mr. Khattak also asked the health and law departments to work out his proposal for running those 571 Basic Health Units (BHUs) of the province under some community based autonomous system. The meeting was told that these BHUs will be surrendered back to the provincial government on 31st December next by PPHI on expiry of the contract.
 
The Chief Minister directed the health department that shortage of accommodation in existing DHQ hospitals should also be overcome and full rehabilitation of the hospital buildings must be completed by June 2016. He assured that required financial resources would be made available for this purpose adding that any missing facility including proper accommodation in the hospitals would not be tolerated once the revival plan is implemented within next 6-7 months.
 
Expressing his consent for granting incentives to the professionals, Mr. Khattak said that though the incentive package has been estimated a huge cost however, he said that despite certain financial constraints no compromise would be allowed to provide smooth and uninterrupted health care services to the common people particularly those hailing from the poor communities of the province.