Peshawar: The recently launched Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) in Health Department formally starts working after completion of training of the District Health Monitors.
In order to facilitate the mobility of these monitors in the field, motor-bikes were also provided to them. A function to this effect was held in Health Secretariat here on Monday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai handed over the keys of bikes to the health monitors.
Secretary Health Mushtaq Jadoon, Director General Health Services, Dr. Pervez Kamal, Project Director IMU, Dr. Akhtar Saeed, other concerned officials, District Health Monitors and a large number of media persons attended the function. In his address to the participant, Shahram Khan termed the launching of IMU in health sector as a revolutionary step of the provincial government and said that IMU would carry out positive and real time reporting / monitoring of the health service delivery outlets with the aim to make up the deficiencies found in these outlets and ultimately improve their performance.
He added that the health monitors were inducted purely on merit basis through a competitive process and they are expected to discharge their assigned duties purely on merit without involving their personal likings or disliking.
The participants were briefed that IMU had been established to regularly evaluate the performance of the public sector healthcare facilities and take measures to improve quality of service in those facilities. The project has been reflected in the provincial ADP with an allocation of Rs. 478.9 million.
Under the three years project 175 monitors with bachelors as minimum qualification have been recruited for the purpose through National Testing Service with seven monitors per district. It was further told that the monitors deployed in the field will identify the issues hampering the performance of the healthcare facilities.
These monitors with particularly designed application on their android cell phones will conduct daily visits to the healthcare facilities in their respective areas where they will check the availability of staff, medicines, water and electricity, number of patients and send the real time data to the Project Monitoring Unit for further submission to the high ups for taking evidence based decisions to improve the quality of services provided therein.