PESHAWAR, 18 November: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a package of Rs7.8 billion for renovation of 14 district headquarters hospitals of the province and appointment of new doctors and nurses in these hospitals.

Decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the Health Department officials at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday. Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak chaired the meeting. The meeting decided to make over 1,000 appointments in 14 major hospitals of KP and give additional privileges to doctors performing duties in far flung areas.

According to a handout of the KP government, the chief minister directed establishment of hospital management boards for resolution of problems of district headquarters hospitals and PHC management for resolving issues of primary healthcare hospitals in the province. Annual funds will be issued to these committees for carrying out their functions.

The hospitals in far flung areas of KP including Kohistan, Torghar, Chitral and some other areas are facing shortage of doctors and other staff. The KP government has also decided to increase the salaries of doctors and other staff agreeing to perform duty in these areas by 200 percent.

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