Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has accorded in principle approval for construction of thirty-nine state of the art hospitals across the country.
He was briefed over the existing healthcare infrastructure in the country in the context of population: hospital bed ratio and availability of in-patient care facility.
The meeting briefed that ratio of beds per 1000 people in Pakistan was zero to five in 1970, zero to seven in 2005, zero to sixty one in 2015 while zero to sixty two this year.
PM approved construction of three hospitals in Islamabad with a capacity of 600 beds each, ten 500 bedded hospitals and 250 bedded hospitals across the country.
The premier has also directed to restore work on one Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital in Rawalpindi that had been stopped in 2011 due to devolution.
PM Nawaz has also approved in principle, the proposed sites for two more hospitals in the Federal Capital. He directed that four to five 100 bedded hospitals be completed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He also said that he would personally monitor the progress on hospitals in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other parts of the country.
PM further said that the government is simultaneously targeting poverty and disease through infrastructure development and establishment of healthcare infrastructure across the length and breadth of our country.
He said that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure healthy living for the citizens so that they can contribute towards the development and prosperity of the country without any hindrance.
The total cost on the construction of these 39 hospitals will be 110 billion rupees. -RadioPakistan