Directorate of Health Services launches 'merged districts support program' in five tribal districts
Directorate of Health Services launches 'merged districts support program' in five tribal districts

PESHAWAR: Directorate of Health Services for tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has initiated an integrated health program, known as “Merged Districts Support Program” in five districts – Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan – on Monday.

The program has been started with the support of UNICEF, Pakistan with an objective to contribute towards reduction of newborn, under five and maternal morbidity and mortality in the target areas.

It aims to strengthen of community and facility-based MNCH, EPI, Nutrition and WASH services to address the immediate needs of the families living in the target areas. The program will help strengthen integrated MNCH, Nutrition, EPI as well as WASH services in 15 health facilities (THQs, CH, RHCs) in the target tribal districts (3 in each target district) with 24/7 Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care services.

The formal inauguration ceremony of the program was organized at the Directorate of Health Services for Merged Areas at Peshawar today. Director Health Services Dr Kaleem Ullah Khan, Deputy Director Dr Ashiq Hussain, UNICEF representatives Dr Imran Ali, Dr Nousheen, Provincial Program Manager Dr Abdullah and program staff were present on the occasion.

While addressing on the occasion, Dr Kaleemullah Khan said that the government is spending a huge amount to provide better health facilities to the people of tribal districts. He emphasized that it is our sacred responsibility to efficiently use the program resources to provide health services at health facilities.

As well as through mobile outreach teams to deliver an integrated package of high impact essential interventions to the communities closer to their doorstep. He explained that the teams will deliver an integrated package of antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, post-natal care, immunization, deforming, family planning, nutrition services and health education on key health, family planning, hygiene and nutrition-related issues and provision of some essential commodities.

Dr Imran Ali said that UNICEF is supporting the department of health to strengthen health services at the newly merged tribal districts and bring them to the level of other districts of the province.  Director Health Services handed over keys of vehicles to team leaders to initiate operations in the program areas and the program was formally launched.

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