Balochistan Govt approves contract appointments of doctors


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Balochistan Govt approves contract appointments of doctors

Health Desk:

The Balochistan government on Wednesday approved the contract and ad-hoc appointments of doctors, paramedics to overcome the shortage of health professionals. Zahoor Buledi, the Balochistan Finance Minister took to Twitter and said the provincial cabinet has approved the contract appointments.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan chaired the meeting of the provincial cabinet that made a number of important decisions. The cabinet also decentralized 10 percent procurement of medicines for district headquarters hospitals.

3,332 vacancies of doctors, other health professionals vacant in Balochistan 

Noor ul Haq Baloch, the Secretary health Balochistan informed the cabinet members that currently 3,332 posts including 866 medical officers, 354 lady medical officers, 201 dental surgeons were lying vacant in the province. The shortage of health professionals in government-run hospitals in remote-areas of Balochistan is also one of the underlying reasons behind poor health facilities. Hospitals across the province paint a bleak picture when it comes to health facilities. 

The Balochistan cabinet also approved a 200-bed hospital named Mekran Medical Health Complex with a matching grant of 750m rupees from the government of Punjab to improve health facilities, the Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi said. Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar had announced the establishment of a hospital for Turbat to improve health facilities for the masses earlier.

The Young Doctors Association (YDA) rejected the government’s plan of appointments of doctors on a contractual basis. Dr. Rahim Babar, the Spokesman of YDA stated that the process of doctors appointments through the Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) needs to be expedited. “Instead of contractual, 866 doctors should be appointed through BPSC”, Dr. Babar mentioned.

Committee formed for establishment of sub-division 

The cabinet formed a sub-committee headed by the Balochistan revenue minister Saleem Khosa to prepare recommendations about new sub-divisions in the province. The cabinet also approved the establishment of a date processing zone at Panjgoor.

The Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) has already announced tests and interviews over 1,000 posts of doctors. However, the process of recruitment takes a lot of time. The government has made the decision to overcome the shortage of doctors in the province, the government argued.

Balochistan Govt approves contract appointments of doctors

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