LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Finance, Excise & Taxation, Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman Sunday said that 58 million people have no access to safe drinking water while 59 million people are living in one room house.
Talking to various delegations at his residence here, he said that only 20 percent population have the facility of trained birth attendant. He said that 70 percent population live in rural areas which are closely linked with the basic health centers, therefore, the government is upgrading the infrastructure of basic health centers for provision of modern health facilities to the masses at grass root level.
He said the government is providing subsidy billions of rupees on food items to the deserving people whereas, Rs 300 million are being spent to provide free of cost dialysis facility to the needy kidney patients. He said the present government is paying full attention towards provision of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to the people at grass root level.
He said that by increasing the health budget up to Rs 102 billion to poor. He said that an hefty amount of Rs 7.5 billon is being spent on the provision of free treatment and medicines to the poor in public sector hospitals of the province.
Mian Mujtaba said that in Pakistan itself, more than 40 per cent of the adult population over the age of 45 suffers from one form or the other of non-communicable disease, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer and the trend seems to be on the rise.
This increasing trend is likely to double the burden of disease in countries such as ours and clearly, is likely to have significant health economic implications as a result of cost of care and lost productivity costs, he concluded.