Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in its meeting was given a briefing on the work, functions, and performance of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, budget allocation of the institute, funding from national and international donors, income generated ad total expenditure under different heads.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Khushbakht Shujaat here at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended among others by Senators Dr. Mehr Taj Roughani, Dr. Ghous Bakhsh Niazi, Dr. Sikander Mandhro, Sana Jamali, Liaqat Tarakai, Secretary National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, and heads of NIH, PIMS.
In 2018-19 527.240 million grant in aid was received from government and for 2019-20 proposed budget is 535.759 million. The institute is working on proposing three different pieces of legislation to make the health sector better and has rejuvenated the working of the institute in last couple of years. From international agreements to generating vaccines ingenuously, the institute is working on becoming internationally compatible.
The Committee also discussed high charges of private hospitals and laboratories and pathetic condition of public hospitals raised by Senator Javed Abbasi. It was told that learning from the experience of Punjab, the federal government is working to develop minimum service standards and categorisation as well which will be mandatory to follow by hospitals and laboratories.