Punjab to establish new medical colleges at Bahawalnagar, Bhakar and Attok

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 Children’s Hospital planned at Gujranwala, Rawalpindi & Bahawalpur

Punjab to establish new medical colleges
at Bahawalnagar, Bhakar and Attok

Rs. 166.13 Billion allocated for Health which is
14% of the total provincial budget

LAHORE: The Government of Punjab plans to establish new medical colleges at Bahawalnagar, Bhakar and Attok for which funds have been allocated in the next year’s budget. In all Rs.  166.13 Billion has been allocated for Health which is 14% of the total provincial budget. It is also planned to establish a cancer hospital at Lahore, cancer treatment center in Multan, Children Hospitals at Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur. Other development plans include King Edward Medical University Campus at Muridkey, Institute of Paediatric Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery facilities at Children’s Hospital Lahore, General Hospital at Faisalabad, improvement, upgradation of facilities at District and Tehsil Hospitals besides upgradation of Nursing Schools and Colleges.

The Government has also proposed Rs. 1.41 Billion as incentive package for specialist doctors who would be appointed at seven hundred Basic Health Units in the province besides creating eight thousand new posts for doctors. The provincial budget has also allocated Rs.  2.5 Billion for the Health Insurance Scheme which will be launched in eight districts of Punjab.

The government has proposed to spend   Rs. 30.7 Billion for ongoing, new and other development schemes during the fiscal year 2015-2016 while Rs. 12.1 Billion has been kept for  Health and Amp; family planning. Financial allocation for free medicines has been enhanced to Rs. 10.8 Billion while an amount of Rs.  1.5 Billion Has been reserved to meet emergencies and control of epidemics. Financial allocations for hospital services have been increased to Rs.  54.4 Billion, Rs. 3.5 Billion has been kept for preventive and primary healthcare while Rs. 3.21 Billion has been kept for tertiary care hospitals and Rs. 3.24 Billion for accelerated programme for healthcare. A sum of 7.9 Billion has been proposed for others and new initiatives including Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute at Lahore for which Rs. 3 Billion has been allocated. One Billion Rupees each has been proposed for the provision of more mobile health units in far flung districts and upgradation of Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Muzzafargarh.

The provincial budge also has highest ever allocations for education i.e. Rs. 310.20 Billion which is about 27% of the total provincial budgetary outlay. Rupees two billion has been earmarked for Punjab Education Endowment Fund.

According to another report Khyber PK Government has earmarked Rs.  42 Billion for health out of total provincial budgetary outlay of  Rs. 488 Billion. Government of Balochistan has allocated Rs. 8 Billion for Health and Rs. 10 Billion for Education.

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