ISLAMABAD:Balochistan government has planned to launch a three-year development programme of the health sector to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
A meeting was held here on Monday under the chairmanship of Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal to review the proposed three-year programme of the Health Department to deal with epidemics.
Balochistan Secretary Health department Dosteen Jamaldini briefed the meeting regarding the programme.
Chief Minister directed the officials to include the proposed health programme of the province in the Public Sector development Programme of the financial year of 2020-21.
The cost of the three-year program consisting of eight components was estimated to Rs13.33 billion.
The program would be implemented in the collaboration of the federal government and donor agencies.
The establishment of the Institute of Vaccine Development has also been included in the provincial health programme.
The program includes tackling epidemics as well as health challenges and problems arising from natural disasters.
Modernization of medical laboratories, development of human resources in the field of medicine and other important initiatives including up gradation of the divisional headquarter hospitals and tertiary care hospitals in Quetta would be conclude in the programme.
Jam Kamal said that Balochistan was the first province to develop a strategy to deal effectively with COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the coronavirus has also undermined the concept and process of globalization and alienated nations.
Jam Kamal said that “every nation is now focused on research in dealing with epidemics and discovering a cure. We also need to reduce our dependence on other nations and move towards medical research.”
coronavirus has highlighted the need for more investment and research in the health sector. The private medical institutions need to be encouraged to benefit from their experiences, he added.