Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced the construction of 46 new hospitals across Pakistan. The federal government has instructed the provincial governments to allocate lands and buildings for this project. The chief secretaries of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Islamabad Capital Territory Administration have also been informed to do the same.
The new hospitals will be up to the minute and entirely funded by the federal government. International consultants will be hired to see this project through to completion. The decision of establishing these hospitals came after he was briefed over the current healthcare infrastructure of Pakistan. He approved the construction of several 500, 250, 100 and 50 bed hospitals. Following information was released about the approved project.
The total number of new hospitals in Punjab will be 12 that include 5 00-bed hospitals are in Rajanpur, Jhang, Bhakkar, Sadiqabad and Rawalpindi plus 250-bed hospitals will be constructed in Burewala, Ahmedpur East, Kot Addu, Taunsa, Sahiwal (Sargodha), Pasroor and Layyah.
In Balochistan, four 100-bed hospitals will be constructed in Hub, Noshki, Chaman and Punjgur, three 250-bed hospitals in Khuzdar, Loralai and Sibi while land for 500-bed hospital will be allocated in Quetta.
In Sindh, three 500-bed hospitals will be established in Jacobabad, Mirpur Khas and Badin plus three 250-bed hospitals will be established in Islam Kot, Nausharo Feroze and Meher districts.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two 500-bed hospitals in Haripur and Charsadda are to be established, land for four 250-bed hospitals in Batgram, Hangu, FATA and Chitral will be allocated, while two 100-bed hospitals will be constructed in Garhi Habibullah and Kaghan.
Gilgit-Baltistan will also have four more hospitals. Two 250-bed hospitals will be constructed in Skardu and Gilgit, a 100-bed hospital in Karimabad (Hunza) while a 50 beds hospital will be constructed at Ghanche.
A 250-bed hospital will be created in Muzaffarabad, three 100-bed hospitals in Rawlakot, Kotli and Athmuqam while land will be allocated for 50-bed hospital at Leepa in AJ&K.
Foundations of three new hospitals will also be laid in Islamabad. This will release some burden off the few existing hospitals in Islamabad.
The proposed project will be beneficial in improving the health care system. The current ratio of bed per 1000 people has been dragged down to 0-62 with increasing population. Most of the hospitals already running in the country lack the modern facilities and the ability to manage huge number of patients. The new hospitals will be ultra modern and will be managed by the professionals of the field with minimum intervention of the government. Not only this, but the under construction departments of various hospitals will also be completed.
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif wants this project to be completed before the end of his four years. He believes that this initiative will become a source of advancement in the existing healthcare infrastructure and also cater more people than it already can. PM Nawaz said that he will himself be monitoring the progress of the project. He also said that,
We are simultaneously targeting poverty and diseases in the country as Poverty and diseases make deadly combination in any household.