ADB approves $100 million loan for KP’s secondary healthcare
ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million outcome-based loan to help strengthen the quality of secondary health care in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in Pakistan, ARY News reported on Thursday. .
In a press statement, ADB noted that the program will help improve the delivery of health services in secondary hospitals by modernizing infrastructure and equipment; Ensuring the implementation of clinical protocols, standards and guidelines; and improving human resource planning and pharmaceutical supply chain management.
Yevgeny Zhukov, ADB’s Director General for Central and West Asia, said, “While the coronavirus has put enormous pressure on essential health services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and across the country, Pakistan is now facing unprecedented flooding, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases. “
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He further added, “This program will make a significant contribution towards improving the quality of secondary hospital services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). It will also support efforts to control the spread of infectious diseases.”
According to the statement, the health sector of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is facing significant challenges including outdated secondary health care facilities and equipment, and inadequate quality assurance standards and procedures.
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The province suffers from high infant and maternal mortality rates, which are 53 per 1,000 live births and 165 per 100,000, respectively.
ADB assistance will help sustain the health reforms initiated by the provincial government and strengthen the resilience of health systems to future pandemics,” said Hideo Huitzing, ADB’s senior health expert for Central and West Asia. Told.
“This will benefit an estimated 38 million people, including women in need of maternal health care services, and will also create jobs in the health sector,” Huitzing said.
In response to floods, ADB is creating a critical response package to support people, livelihoods and infrastructure quickly and in the long term.
The bank has already approved a grant of $3 million for the immediate purchase of relief goods such as food supplies and tents. ADB is also processing a separate countercyclical package to help Pakistan deal with the effects of external shocks.