PESHAWAR, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 28th Dec, 2016 ) : The spokesman of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government Mushtaq Ghani on Wednesday making public the provincial government's one year achievements in different sectors said that health, higher and secondary education sectors remained the main focus over the year. Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club, he said that during the year 2016-17 the provincial government took a historic step and approved establishment of first girls Cadet College in Mardan, besides approving University in Chitral and establishment of Engineering University in Dir Upper and Campus of Bannu University in district Lakki Marwat.
The government approved Rs. 200 million for setting up of Criminology and Forensic Science Institute at University of Peshawar, he said adding that Rs 610 million were approved for promotion of science culture at universities and researches. He informed that construction work on 41 colleges including 17 new colleges is underway, while four new libraries are also being constructed. Rs. 25.465 million are being spent on colleges' teachers' trainings and human resources development, he said work on Home Economics Colleges in Nowshera and Abbottabad is in process, he said.
The KP government allocated Rs 100 million for construction of Mardan Women University and Rs 10 million for feasibility study of Knowledge City in KP, Ghani said. Similarly, he said Rs 2085 million were released to 16 public sector universities and Rs 100 million to Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute besides issuance of Rs. 121.341 million for 14 government colleges across the province for provision of additional facilities for the students. He said that in elementary and secondary education sector a total 160 new Primary schools and 100 secondary schools are being constructed whereas 500 IT labs are being set up in government high secondary schools of the province.
He said a stipend of Rs. 200 is being given to female students of Class 6th to 10 is also being provided by the KP government. In health sector, Ghani said, two medical colleges including Gaju Khan Medical College and Swabi and Nowshera Medical colleges were set up during the year, adding that Rs. 4 billion were allocated for improvement of health facilities at district and Tehsil headquarters' hospitals. In addition to these efforts, the government is providing free emergency services to around 20 million patients of the province annually at government hospitals and started a five-year program at a cost of Rs 6 billion and 170 million for all basic vaccinations of 2.
3 million children of the province. Similarly, Rs. 1.9 billion were allocated for free treatment of cancer patients, he said adding that at present 3500 cancer patients are getting treatment under this program. Under the Insulin for Life program at-least 10,000 patients of the province were provided with free insulin service. Ghani said that with an amount 190 million the first safe blood transfusion centre was set up in Peshawar that would provide free of cost safe blood to all government hospital of Peshawar Division.
He said that 15,000 new vacancies were created in health sector during the outgoing year including 184 district specialists, 1,675 medical officers, 1,097 paramedics, 1,480 nurses, 1502 lady health workers. Similarly, the government gave an increase of 200 to 300 percent in the salaries of doctors and other staff at the hospitals across the province while spending Rs 5.46 billion additional in the health sector. In communication sector, the government was spending Rs 34 billion on Swat Expressway that would be completed by December 2017, he said and furthered that construction work on Peshawar Kohat by-pass road is underway. Ghani said could not mentioned any significant projects in transport, industry, sports and tourism, irrigation, food and mineral sectors except the amount allocated during the financial budget 2016-17. APP/ad-ash/rn