PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Health Minister Dr Hisham Inamullah Khan has said that telemedicine services will be expanded to the merged districts of the province where 13 telemedicine centres would be opened and these will be connected with Services Hospital Peshawar.

By extending this facility to the tribal districts, the minister said that patients in far-flung areas of tribal districts will be examined by doctors in hospitals in the provincial capability through this technology.

He expressed these views during his visit to Services Hospital, Peshawar. The Telecommunication is a remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. The visit was aimed to review the hundred-day performance of the hospital. Dr Fakhr-ul-Din, MS services hospital, soon after his posting as MS gave a hundred days plan.

The health minister was quite impressed with the performance of the MS and said Dr Fakhr-Ul Din has done his best to bring some visible changes in the hospital. The minister was Informed about the laser eye treatment, shifting and renewing of medical laboratory at basement, functionalisation of endoscopy service, repair of out of order CT scan machine, up-gradation of gynae and labor room, installation of four more dental units along with darkroom Xray, renovation of the hospital, initiating psychiatry OPD with district specialist and some other initiatives, taken by the present hospital MS. Dr Hisham said that instead of initiating new projects, the government will complete the ongoing mega projects like institute of cardiology.

Later on, talking with media persons, he said that the new board for health care commission has been formed while the new chief executive will also be appointed soon after the post is advertised. He said all the vacant posts in all hospitals in the province will be filled with qualified staff. He also said that through telemedicine services, the people of tribal districts will benefit from quality Services.

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