ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $100 million results-based loan to help strengthen the quality of secondary health care in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The program will help improve the delivery of health services in secondary hospitals by upgrading infrastructure and equipment; ensure that clinical protocols, standards and guidelines are implemented; and improving human resource planning and drug supply chain management.
“While the coronavirus has put a strain on essential health services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and across the country, Pakistan is now facing unprecedented flooding which is exacerbating the risk of waterborne diseases,” the director said. AfDB General for Central and West Asia, Yevgeniy Zhukov.
“This program will make a vital contribution to improving the quality of secondary hospital services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. And although it was designed before the monsoon, it will also help those physically injured by the floods and support efforts to control the spread of infectious diseases.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s health sector faces significant challenges, including outdated secondary health care facilities and equipment, and inadequate standards and quality assurance processes. The province suffers from high infant and maternal mortality rates, at 53 per 1,000 live births and 165 per 100,000, respectively.
“AfDB assistance will help support the health reforms initiated by the provincial government and build the resilience of health systems against future pandemics,” said Hiddo Huitzing, AfDB Senior Health Specialist for the Central and Western Asia.
“It will benefit around 38 million people, including women in need of maternal health care services, and will also create jobs in the health sector.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022