Peshawar: KP Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak has strictly directed the health authorities for filling the deficiency of staff in all hospitals and basic health units (BHUs) and equipping it with all kind of facilities, so the people will not have to go for treatment to other areas. He issued these directives while talking to a 35-member delegation from district Mardan, which called on him under the leadership of MPA Tufail Anjum here in CM Secretariat on Thursday.
The delegation briefed the chief minister regarding problems and difficulties relating to health, education, irrigation, police and other departments faced by the people of Katlang and other far-flung areas.
The chief minister while expressing deep interest in them issued on spot directives for their resolution. Besides, Secretaries health, education, irrigation and public health, Deputy Commissioner Mardan, other concerned authorities, Chairman Complaint Cell, Haji Dilroz Khan and Principal Secretary to CM, Mohammad Ishfaq Khan were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister while taking notice of the shortage of staff including doctors and lack of other basic facilities in some far-flung health centres for long time, warned for bringing improvement in the situation with immediate effect, otherwise, stern action would be taken. He said that since last one year he is speaking of speedy meeting the deficiency of doctors, but despite passage of time the health centres are still facing the shortage of doctors and other facilities.
He said that the authorities instead of trapping us in the jugglery of statistics to retrieve themselves should give better results. He also asked them to tell whether he (CM) himself will do it or department will also give performance. He said it is matter of surprise, but of concern that despite the availability of allocated resources no timely measures were taken and the deficiency of basic facilities and doctors are not overcome though budget available for it. However, he said public complaints will be redressed compulsory and the grievances should also go down constantly.
Pervez Khattak expressed sorrow over the matter that besides the concerned Executive District health officer, district administration and even health department also used to be unaware of the deteriorated conditions of health centres in some areas.
However, he said all employees are public servants and their salaries are paid from the taxes of hard earned money of people. He keeping in view the critical situation of the health department directed emergency based steps for and on the pattern of education department, handing over of the monitoring of all hospitals and BHUs to Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) to bring the absence and shortage of staff in the notice at high level so that proper steps can be taken and making planning for their timely redressal.
Chief Minister also asked education department to take concrete measures for removing deficiency of teaching staff in educational institutions and providing the missing facilities on emergency basis. He contended that 14 thousand teachers were being recruited through NTS of which 8 thousands have been appointed while rest of 6 thousand were also being employed. He directed for completing all the ongoing and new developmental schemes under irrigation and public health engineering departments on priority basis.
Pervez Khattak while taking exception of the complaints regarding substandard construction of school and college buildings in Sawaldher, Naway Kaly Rustam and Katlang areas as well as laying faulty water supply pipelines in Palodheri, Katlang and Jamal Ghari with wastage of billion of rupees, asked Chairman CM Complaint Cell Haji Dil Roz Khan to conduct separate inquiries in such scams.
He said that in future all inquiries must be completed within a week with fixing of the responsible persons and recommendation of recovering each and every penny of the losses to the public ex-chequer otherwise he would direct for recovering the embezzled funds from head of the inquiry committees.
He further directed that all estimates of developmental schemes including irrigation, health, education and PHE must be prepared on realistic grounds as there would be strict accountability on obtaining excessive amounts and embezzlement of the funds of public kitty. He said Ehtesab Commission was being formally launched soon to deal all such cases of corruption.
He also asked the C&W department to purchase and place latest machines at divisional level to check the quality and strength of construction material of the public buildings and schemes so that action could become more easier against the contractors and the officers responsible for substandard works. He directed for resolving all other problems and grievances of the delegation.