Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai while repeating the commitment of provincial government to redress the public issues has said that government is responsible for the increasing death rate of mothers and child which had not been accepted in the past, while the present provincial government not only accepted it but also has taken special initiatives to control the death rate and to improve the health of mothers and children as a huge amount of Rs. 50 crore has been allocated in the budget 2013-14 in this regard.
This he said while addressing to a press conference regarding special initiative for immunization at Peshawar on Monday. He said that the special initiative is decided to launch in the 12 backward districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, simultaneously including Chitral, Shangla, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Buner, Torghar, Kohistan, Batagram, Nowshera, Hangu, Lakki Marwat and Tank. He further stated that purpose of that initiative was to increase the immunization coverage and to save the children from fatal diseases.
According to the programme, every child who will complete the immunization course would be paid Rs. 1000/- and thus one lac and 90 thousand children would be paid the same incentive. While under the MNCH programme the eligible women would also be paid Rs. 2700/- for regular check up during the pregnancy as well as after the delivery. Besides that, the integrated PC-I of 22 million has also been approved comprising four different programme, i.e. MNCH, EPI, nutrition and LHWs.
Talking about the illegal laboratories he said that 292 illegal laboratories had already been banned while strict action against fake laboratories and non registered shops would be taken to ensure the availability of the best quality of medicines in the market.
He said increasing death rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could only be reduced through awareness in the public about anti diseases initiatives taken by the government as mostly masses did not know about the continued programme, the role of media would be highly appreciated in this regard, he concluded.