ISLAMABAD:  Central Development Working Party (CDWP) cleared nine development projects with a cumulative estimated cost of Rs. 15.40bn projects related to health, food and agriculture.

CDWP meeting presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan on Wednesday approved eight projects worth Rs 10.14 billion related to health under the COVID-19 program submitted by the Government of Punjab in the meeting. 

The first project presented, namely ‘Up-gradation of DHQ Hospital, District Hafizabad’ worth Rs 8.28 billion; the second project worth 379 million would add 60 beds to the THQ Hospital Minchinabad Division, Bahawalnagar. The third project for the construction of a 10-bed Emergency Ward at THQ Level Hospital Lalamusa Tehsil Kharian District Gujarat was worth Rs. 72 million. 

The fourth project aimed to upgrade the THQ Hospital from 70 to 100 beds with a cost of Rs 197 million. For the fifth project, the CDWP cleared Rs 133 million to construct a 20-bed Surgical Ward at THQ Hospital, Chunian in District Kasur. 

The sixth project was cleared Rs 292 million to construct a 20-bed Trauma Center and revamping of Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, Pattoki, and District Kasur. The seventh project presented  namely ‘Provision of Missing Facilities at THQ hospital Naushera, District Khushab’  was worth Rs 255 million and the last approved project of health section was ‘Up-gradation of 20 Bedded RHC Uch Sharif into 60 Bedded THQ Level Hospital, Tehsil Ahmadpur East, District Bahawalpur” worth Rs 535 million accorded approval by CDWP meeting. 

A project related to Food & Agriculture presented in the meeting namely ‘National Program on Animal Disease Surveillance and Control Phase-I’ worth Rs 5.23 billion approved in the meeting.  The project aims at setting up an animal disease surveillance ad control system by implementing it throughout the country and will generate information/data in real time for policy analysis, taking operational decisions and for showcasing to international organizations and trading partners, strengthening of cold chain system for vaccine storage, transportation and delivery, up-gradation of 9 labs to diagnose FMD stereotyping and other reportable diseases.

Secretary Planning Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh, senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting while representatives from Provincial Governments participated through video conference.


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