Punjab govt earmarks Rs 284.20bln for health
According to the budget documents issued on Monday, Rs 250.70 billion would be spent on ongoing regular projects, while Rs 33 billion has been allocated for development expenditures in the health sector.
The Punjab government would spend Rs 6 billion on upgradation and provision of missing specialities in the district headquarters hospitals of Dera Ghazi Khan, Gujranwala, Sahiwal as well as the Institute of Urology and Transplantation Rawalpindi, Nishtar Hospital phase-II Multan, Mother and Child Block Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Upgradation of Radiology/ Specialities Department Services Hospital Lahore and establishment of Institute of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at the Children Hospital.
The Punjab government will also provide important facilities in Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology, Institute of Neuro-Sciences Lahore and Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute Lahore during the current financial year.
An amount of Rs 11.46 billion has been allocated under the Department of Primary and Secondary Healthcare Development budget and the amount would be spent on upgradation of DHQs hospitals situated in the underdeveloped areas, establishment of new mother and child hospitals and revamping of all DHQs and 15 tehsil headquarters hospitals.
The government will initiate a comprehensive programme to control COVID-19, Hepatitis, AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) . The Punjab government has earmarked one billion rupees to keep 196 basic health units operational round-the-clock for seven days under the Prime Minister Health Initiative. The government has allocated Rs 1.7 billion for Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition Programme.
An amount of Rs 9.35 billion has been allocated under the development budget by the Punjab government for ongoing schemes including Medical Education, Specialized Healthcare and miscellaneous and tertiary care hospitals of Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education while Rs 250 million would be spent on new schemes of the sector and Rs 12.55 billion has been allocated for other development programme (ODP).
An amount of Rs 11.462 billion has been earmarked in development budget 2020-21 for Primary and Secondary Healthcare in which Rs 9.502 billion has been allocated for ongoing schemes under the Primary and Secondary Healthcare including Rs 25 million for local development programme, Rs 3.238 for preventive healthcare, Rs 548.699 for primary healthcare, Rs 1.293 billion for research and development, Rs 3.349 billion for secondary healthcare and Rs 1.049 for special initiatives.
In the development budget 20202-21, an amount of Rs 1.960 billion has been allocated for new schemes of Primary and Secondary Healthcare including Rs 1.9 billion for 2 new schemes of preventive healthcare, Rs 10 million for one scheme of primary healthcare and Rs 50 million for one new scheme of secondary healthcare.