Federal and Provincial Governments give priority to Education and Health Services


Annual Budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Federal and Provincial Governments give
priority to Education and Health Services

BMC to be upgraded as medical university by Baluchistan Govt.
while Khyber PK sets up Insulin Bank for poor diabetics

Sindh claims PPHI is a success story on curative side in which 1137 Rural
Health Centers are being managed by 1500 doctors and 2500 paramedics

ISLAMABAD: The Federal as well as all the provincial governments have increased allocations for Education and Health though the increase is not much in some provinces. But it does get a bit priority as compared to the previous years. Following the 18th constitutional amendment, health has become a provincial subject. However, the federal government still runs several national health-related programmes. The federal government has allocated Rs. 9.9 billion for health services and related sectors and under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) a sum of Rs. 25.7 billion has been set aside. In the financial year 2012-13, a total of Rs. 22 billion were allocated for the health sector. The government has also allocated amount for the 17 ongoing schemes and one new scheme. Under the PSDP, an amount of Rs. 2.8 billion has been allocated for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, (EPI) along with Control of Diarrheal Disease and National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad.

Baluchistan Budget

Baluchistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch presented Rs 198.395 billion deficit budget for fiscal year 2013-14. He pointed out that Rs 34898.635 million has been allocated for Education sector and Rs 15233.578 million for health sector. Bolan Medical College will be given status of medical university. Rs 5 billion has been allocated for Baluchistan Education Endowment Fund for Education. The provincial government also intends to establish three new medical colleges , it is learnt.

Khyber PK Budget

The total outlay of Khyber PK annual budget is of Rs. 344 Billion, a big chunk of Rs. 162 billion is reserved for welfare purposes while Rs. 118 billion will be spent on developmental schemes of the province. The government has imposed a total ban on foreign treatment of parliamentarians and high ranking officials.
The education budget has been increased to Rs. 13.83 Billion for the coming fiscal year from Rs. 12.18 billion in the 2012-13 fiscal. As regards health sector, special focus will be given to provision of better health facilities to the masses. The government h also decided to set up an Insulin Bank for poor diabetic patients. Similarly, the patients suffering from liver, heart and other serious diseases will get free treatment at public sector hospitals.

Sindh Budget

Total outlay of Sindh annual budget is Rs. 617 billion. It aims at investment to provide better quality of education and better health care, especially to the poor. The budgetary allocation of Education for next financial 2013-14 is Rs 118.74 billion. According to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah who presented the budget Peoples Primary Health Initiative (PPHI) is a success story on curative side. 1137 Rural Health Centers are being managed by PPHI. Over 1500 doctors and 2500 paramedic staff is working dedicatedly under the umbrella of PPHI. On Expanded Programme of Immunisation annual spending is Rs 22.00 Billion in primary, secondary and tertiary care services along with a specific focus on following preventive programmes:

1. Malaria/Dengue Control Programme
2. Hepatitis Prevention and Control Programme
3. Enhanced HIV/AIDS Control Programme
4. Prevention and Control of Blindness
5. Provincial Tuberculosis Control Programme
6. Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Sindh

During the Current Financial Year 2012-13, the ADP allocation of health was revised and increased from Rs 11.00 billion to Rs 13.56 billion, which reflects the Government’s unwavering commitment and concern for this sector. The next year ADP of Health is pitched at Rs 17.00 billion that is an increase of 54% over the allocation made during current financial year. An amount of Rs 500.000 million for developing a Health Management Information System in the next ADP that will enable us to prepare universal data of the patients containing history of their diseases and treatments.
To ensure quality of the vaccines, provincial government plan to install solar energy powered systems at vaccine storage points all over Sindh. An amount of Rs 500.000 million has been earmarked for this scheme during first year of its implementation.
Other major initiatives planned for next Financial Year 2013-14 include:

1. Establishment of Rs 1.80 billion Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Accident Emergency Ancillary Services Complex at Civil Hospital Karachi.
2. Rs 1.65 billion Pilot Project for mobile 12 bedded health units.
3. Improvement of Children Hospital in Karachi.
4. Rs 200 million for provision of allied facilities for Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences.
5. Rs 500 million Up-gradation of THQ hospitals to the level of DHQ hospitals.
6. Rs 900 million expansion and improvement of DHQ hospitals (Badin, Shikarpur, Khairpur and Mithi).
7. Rs 1.00 billion for prevention and control of Hepatitis in Sindh.
8. Establishment and improvement of medical colleges at Hyderabad, Karachi and Khairpur.
9. Establishment of Children Hospital in Sukkur.