Mardan district: speakers call for increase in education, health budgets

Participants at a seminar on Tuesday called for increasing the education and health budgets of the Mardan district. Seminar, which was organised by Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) in Mardan, uncovered the findings of three research studies it has carried out in Swabi, Mardan and Peshawar. The participants observed that the previous year's health budget was brought forward without consideration about the needs of different health facilities.

It was suggested that community health mobilization be encouraged at village and union council level so that the poor and remote areas will get better access to health facilities. Moreover, the budget should be finalized to ensure quality health services at BHUs and RHCs at district level. Seminar was chaired by DHO Mardan, M Tahir and ADO Education, Nighat. Seminar was also attended by a large number of Civil Society Organizations and journalists.