Peshawar: KP Senior Minister for Health, ShahramTarakai has said that the decades old system of health service delivery of the province has totally been unsuccessful and that’s why the present provincial government is not only committed to change the existing health system into a vibrant and public friendly one but also taking result-oriented steps in this regard adding that complete financial and administrative autonomy to all the teaching hospitals of the province is a leap forward towards this end.
He was addressing as chief guest a function held here on Monday in connection with World Heart Day organized by Khyber Medical University Peshawar in collaboration with the Department of Cardiology and Vascular Diseases, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar.
Provincial Minister reiterated that the provincial government was fully committed to fulfill all its promises made to the public and because of the unwavering commitment of the provincial government, a visible change and improvement could be seen in every field including health, education, police, etc but it takes time to rectify the decades old mismanagements.
“The provincial government has given complete financial and administrative autonomy to all the teaching hospitals of the provincial with the aim to enable these hospitals management resolve the hospital issue at hospital level because it’s the management and doctors of a hospital who know their issues well and not the minister or secretary of the health department”, Shahram said and added that this reform initiative was yielding very encouraging results as political interference in these health institutions had been put to an end.
Addressing the function Vice Chancellor, Khyber Medical University Dr.Hafeezullah, renowned cardiologist Dr. Adnan Gul,Dr.Shazia of LRH, Dr. Ambar Arshad of Pakistan Cardiac Society and others shed light on the magnitude, cases, prevention and other aspects of heart diseases in the society.
In his address Dr. Hafeezullah highlighted the need of raising awareness in the masses and urged upon the media and the educated segments of the society to make coordinated efforts for raising awareness about heart diseases.
It was told on the occasion that 30 per cent of the total deaths in the world were caused by cardiac diseases whereas the situation in third world countries especially in south East Asia was much worse than that. It was further told that according to WHO facts and figures every year 0.4 million women were dying of cardiac diseases while only forty thousand women were dying of breast cancer.
The experts termed smoking obesity, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, mental stress and diabetes as the root causes of heart diseases and said that with slight positive changes in daily routines and habits, cardiac diseases could be avoided.
The demanded of the government to ensure strict implementation of the laws banning smoking in public places and to incorporate the issue of cardiac diseases in national policy agenda.