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Health minister reviews draft of RHAs Bill.

LAHORE: The draft of a bill for establishment of Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) was reviewed in a meeting,

presided over by Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid here

on Thursday.

The RHAs would be established at each divisional headquarters.

Presently, the health authorities at district level are working

and the purpose of constitution of RHAs was to improve chain of

command between the districts and the provincial government, the

minister said.

She said that the Punjab government was committed to enhancing

and improving service delivery at gross-roots level. Under the

proposed bill, each RHA would be comprised of nine members and

any member could hold this post for two consecutive tenures of

five years. There must be prohibition of third term, she said.

During the meeting, various objectives of the proposed RHAs

came under discussion. Only senior doctors and eminent local

figures should become members of the RHA, she commented.

Dr Yasmin Rashid also said that the Punjab government wanted

to empower local health authorities for smooth and effective

provision of health facilities. All stakeholders were being taken

into the loop to make the RHAs more effective. Before tabling

the draft in the Punjab cabinet, all aspects would be considered thoroughly, she concluded.

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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Jan 12, 2019
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