IMS and HMIS for Health Department in pipeline, Tarakai

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai has said that an Independent Monitoring System (IMS) and Health Management Information System (HMIS) are being introduced in the health department to have an effective check and balance mechanism in the department and to improve its service delivery upto the needs and expectations of the public adding that Mobile Health units are also being included in the Annual Development Programme to provide basic health facilities to the people of the remote and far flung areas of the province.

He was addressing as chief guest the launching ceremony of Community Midwives Training Programme here on Tuesday. Under the training programme, the USAID through Save the Children will provide 18 months training to 120 newly recruited community midwives (CMWS) of Provincial Maternal and Newborn Child Health Care (MNCH) Programme in seven districts of Malakand division.

The CMWS will be trained to properly deal with the complications of pregnancy, delivery and health issues of new born babies and mothers and thus reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity in the target districts.

Shahram said that the present coalition government of the province was voted to power for bringing about a positive change in the existing outdated system, adding that this government is not only committed but is fully capable to replace the existing system with a new and public-friendly one. “The new system will give utmost relief to the public by providing the basic amenities of life to the people at their door steps”, he maintained.

The Health Minister deplored that during the previous governments buildings were erected just for political mileage and no attention was paid to provide the required facilities in those buildings and added this practice will happen no more as the provincial government is focusing on strengthening the existing infrastructure instead of erecting more buildings.

He assured that every single penny of the funds coming from international donors agencies will be spent only on the purpose it is received for and made it clear that no mal practice in this regard will be tolerated.

Shahram termed the community midwifery very important for the far flung areas and said that with trained CMWS, maternal and infant mortality rate could be reduced to a great extent in the province. He assured that the provincial government would extend all possible support to the CMWS to enhance their capacities.

The function was also addressed by Secretary Health Ghulam Qadir, Provincial Coordinator MNCH, Dr. Sahib Gul, Dr. Nadeem Akhtar of USAID and others. On this occasion representatives of USAID handed over three mobile health units, an ambulance, and IT equipments to the Provincial Health Department to strengthen the MNCH programme.

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