WB to provide $90m for disease prevention



The World Bank would provide $90 million to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for control and prevention of non-communicable diseases in the province.

Dr Javed Sattar, Coordinator Health Sector Reforms told APP that the provincial government was working on a mega project for the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases, and preparation of its PC-I was in the final stage.

He said WB has pledged to provide $90 million for the project, which would be completed in five years in the province.

DHQs and THQs hospitals were being strengthened in terms of equipment, infrastructure, labs and staff in 32 districts of K-P with financial assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB), he said. He added that out of $100 million committed by ADB, $25 million has been so far received for the project that would be completed by 2026.

Dr Sattar said five members’ primary healthcare management committees for THQs and hospitals management committees at DHQs with representatives of doctors, LG representatives, civil society member and technicians were formed for speedy and transparent utilization of funds and financially supporting poor patients suffering from chronic diseases.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2023.

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