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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak announced a 500 bedded full-fledged Gynae obstetrics hospital in Peshawar

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak announced a 500 bedded full-fledged Gynae obstetrics hospital in Peshawar in an international Conference on Gynae obstetrics in a local Hotel in Peshawar today. Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Minister Health Shahram Khan Tarakai and other addressed the conference. Pervez Khattak in his address said that an elite dominated system could not deliver for the hapless people adding that Political interference in the past destroyed public sector institutions and therefore the entire system collapsed. His government he added depoliticized and revamped institutions thus strengthened the system of governance through these public sector institutions. The Chief Minister said that when he started revamping the public sector institutions, making them autonomous and empowered them to make decisions for the efficient treatment of the poor, the system was resisted, that proved that the doctors were reluctant to accept responsibility but when they started feeling the better impact of the change they accepted it. He said his government stopped the whimsical decision making because PTI was voted for a change particularly by the youth. The youth was dead sure that the politicized system did not have the capacity to deliver. This was a challenge that PTI accepted for bringing reforms and removing all obstruction, he added. His government he added had a record legislations to discourage corruption, loot and plunder, favoritism and therefore upheld the rule of law and encouraged merit based decision making. He said RTI was meant to make the government machinery accountable. The RTI law made mandatory services time bound and the conflict of interest barred the rulers and bureaucrats to misuse power and authority. He said that it was strange that there are nations which did not have the resources for development but still they are at the forward lines of their development but unfortunately we have all the resources but we are at the bottom. This he attributed to the leadership crisis adding that when he took over, the public run hospitals were mismanaged, the doctors were reluctant to take their responsibilities. His government brought reforms, increased the salaries of doctors and others staff, brought them at par with the doctors in the developed countries and thereafter they started delivering. Our concerns was to ensure efficient healthcare to all areas of the province, he added. Pervez Khattak said his government introduced Sehat Insaf Card providing free treatment upto 5 lac to almost 18 lac families that constituted 51% of the total population of the province. His government brought the monitoring mechanism for the doctors and teachers, he added. He said that there was a mindset, and because of that certain people did not work and they were not accountable to anybody therefore the institutions collapsed. He said his government gives autonomy, reformed the institutions, rendered them apolitical and introduced a system of reward and punishment. Our system now did not have the space for wrong. He said that power and authority should be used for the public welfare and his government was open to suggestions that could further improve the delivery. <><><><><><><>