Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (Pakistan)

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Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination
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Agency overview
Formed  ()
Headquarters Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Minister responsible Saira Afzal Tarar[1], Minister of State For National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination
Agency executive Rashida Malik, Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination
Website http://www.dra.gov.pk/

The Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination is a government agency responsible for Pakistan's health system. The Ministry of Health was devolved to the provinces under the 18th Amendment, by the Federal Government, on June 30, 2011.[2] However, it was re-installed by Prime Minister Khoso on the advice of Dr. Sania Nishtar, who became the Federal Minister in April 2013 was appointed as the focal person for Health.

Currently ministry is headed by Saira Afzal Tarar as Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination.[1]

Description[edit]

Most of the program and responsibility of Health Ministry are transferred to provincial health departments after Constitutional requirement in 2011[3]

It is a branch of the Government, which is the department for provision of medical services, responsible to frame the health policies and to enforce the same at a national level. It is headed by the Health Minister of Pakistan on democratic level, while controlled by the Federal Secretary.

Besides the federal health department, each of the four provinces of Pakistan has its respective health department and Secretariat, under the supervision of a health minister of that province, controlled by a Secretary, Additional Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, and a Director General Health Services, assisted by Director and Deputy Directors. All stand responsible to control, manage, administer medical service matters to the citizenry of their jurisdiction and frame and enforce health policies in their respective provinces in line with that promulgated by the federal health department.

Divisions[edit]

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan[edit]

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan is an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Federal Government with its headquarters at Islamabad. The body was established in 2012 and is the largest department in ministry.

Divisions[edit]

  • Pharmaceutical Evaluations and Registration
  • Drug Licensing
  • Quality Assurance and Laboratory Testing
  • Medical Devices and Medicated Cosmetics
  • Biological Evaluation and Research
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Health and OTC Products (non-drugs)

Tobacco Control Cell[edit]

A separate cell was created in 2007. The rationale for the creation of the Cell stemmed from Pakistan’s international obligation. Pakistan is a signatory to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.[9]

The aim of Tobacco Control Cell is to enhance tobacco control efforts in Pakistan.

National Institute of Population Studies[edit]

National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS) is the research organization established by the government since 1986.

The NIPS has been mandated to act as a technical arm of the Government for undertaking high quality research and to produce evidence-based data, information for utilization by the Public sector and others agencies for policy formulation, strategic planning and making reference in the spheres of demography, population & development and health.[10]

Directorate of Malaria Control[edit]

Directorate of Malaria Control is a separate cell in ministry to co-ordinate country-wide efforts for implementation of Roll Back Malaria initiative for 50% reduction in the malaria burden in Pakistan by the year 2010. By the year 2015 >70% of the high risk population of Pakistan having access and using effective malaria prevention and treatment.[11]

Programs[edit]

The Ministry directly runs several health service projects on national level such as Malaria Control Program, National Tuberculosis Control Program.

National AIDS Control Program[edit]

National AIDS Control Program (NACP) was established in 1986-87. In its early stages, the Program focused on laboratory diagnosis of suspected HIV cases.[12]

National Tuberculosis Control Program[edit]

Having treated 700,000 TB patients so far, free diagnosis and treatment, and public awareness regarding the disease are the main components of this program.[13]

Programs/Division devolved to Provinces[edit]

The following programs have been transferred to provincial health departments after Constitutional requirement in 2011.[3]

National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care, Polio Eradication Program, National Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Program, Expanded Program on Immunization and National Program for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis.

  • National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care (LHW Programme): LHW Programme is the world's largest community based primary health care programme delivering services through 96,000 LHWs in their own communities
  • National Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Programme: The aim of the MNCH programme is to improve accessibility and quality of health services and fill the resource gaps without duplicating inputs or activities.
  • National Programme for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis: More than 400,000 persons have been vaccinated through this programme, while 104 hospitals have been well equipped to provide free of cost treatment to the patients.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "DFID Delegation called-on Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination | Press United to Serve Humanity". push.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  2. ^ "WHO apprehensive about Health Ministry’s devolution | Pakistan Today". pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Cabinet approves devolution of seven ministries - Pakistan - DAWN.COM". dawn.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Tobacco Control Cell, NHSR&C Division, Government of Pakistan". tcc.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Malaria Control Program, Directorate of Malaria Control, Pakistan". dmc.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  6. ^ "National AIDS Control Programme". nacp.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ "National Institute of Population Studies". nips.org.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  8. ^ "National TB Control Program - Pakistan". ntp.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Tobacco Control Cell, NHSR&C Division, Government of Pakistan". tcc.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  10. ^ "nips". nips.org.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  11. ^ "MALARIA CONTROL PROGRAM IN PAKISTAN". dmc.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  12. ^ "National AIDS Control Programme". nacp.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  13. ^ "National TB Control Program - Pakistan". ntp.gov.pk. Retrieved 2014-07-22.