The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday approved nine development projects at an estimated cost of Rs15 billion pertaining to health, food and agriculture.

In a meeting chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb, the CDWP approved eight projects worth Rs10.14 billion related to health under the Covid-19 programme submitted by the Punjab government.

The health projects approved were “Upgrade of DSG Hospital, District Hafizabad” worth Rs8.28 billion, “Upgrade of THQ Hospital Minchinabad Division, Bahawalnagar From 40 to 100 beds” worth Rs378.6 million, “Construction of 10-bed Emergency Ward at THQ Hospital Lalamusa Tehsil, Kharian District, Gujrat’ costing Rs71.98 million, “Upgrade of THQ Hospital Kharian, District Gujrat, From 70 to 100 Beds” costing Rs197.3 million.

Other health projects included “Construction of 20-bed Surgical Ward at THQ Hospital, Chunian, District Kasur” worth Rs132.884 million, “Construction of 20-bed Trauma Centre and Revamp of Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Pattoki and District Kasur” worth Rs292.2 million, “Provision of Missing Facilities at THQ Hospital Nowshera, District Khushab” worth Rs255.458 million and “Upgrade of 20-bed RHC Uch Sharif Into 60-bed THQ Hospital, Tehsil Ahmadpur East, District Bahawalpur” worth Rs535.3 million.

A project related to food and agriculture presented in the meeting namely “National Programme on Animal Disease Surveillance and Control Phase-I” was approved at a cost of Rs5.228 billion.

The project is aimed at setting up an animal disease surveillance and control system, to be implemented throughout the country, and it will generate information/ data in real time for policy analysis, taking operational decisions, for showcasing to international organisations and trading partners, strengthening of cold chain system for vaccine storage, transportation and delivery, upgrade of nine labs to diagnose FMD stereotyping and other reportable diseases.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2021.

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