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
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
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.