Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Spending on health, education fell sharply during 2008-09
06-13-2009, 06:39 AM
Post: #1
Spending on health, education fell sharply during 2008-09
By Israr Khan
ISLAMABAD: The government’s spending on public health and education as a percentage of GDP during fiscal year 2008-09 reduced considerably due to financial constraints. This makes health and education indicators unsatisfactory compared to other Asian countries.

Health expenditure during 2008-09 reduced as a percentage of GDP to 0.55 per cent and education to 2.1 per cent as against the previous year when it stood at 0.57 per cent and 2.47 per cent respectively, says Economic Survey 2008-09 released here the other day.

It says that spending on education in terms of GDP stood at 2.5 per cent in 2006-07 and 2.47 per cent in 2006-07. Interestingly, Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) allocations for education during the year under review were reduced by 33 per cent to Rs4.16 billion against the original allocation of Rs6.27 billion.

With the meager allocation, one cannot expect the country’s health and education sectors to perform well. That was the reason the sector confronts considerable strains, as there is only one doctor for 1212 persons, one dentist for 18010 persons and availability of one hospital bed for 1575 persons, states the Economic Survey 2008-09.

This poor situation could be attributed to unequal distribution of health facilities along with persevering malnutrition, poverty and inadequate allocation for the health sector.

According to the survey, in absolute terms, public sector’s fiscal allocation for health was increased from Rs60 billion in 2007-08 to Rs74 billion in 2008-09, while as per cent of the GDP it declined. Of the total expenditures during the year under review, Rs33 billion was spent on development and Rs41.1 billion on current expenditure.

During FY08-09, there were only 133956 doctors, 9012 dentists, 65387 nurses and 10002 LHVs in Pakistan.

Pakistan is still lagging behind compared to other Asian countries such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in terms of human welfare indicators. Among these countries, Pakistan depicts a grim picture regarding health facilities.

Mortality rate under five years per thousand in Pakistan is the highest ie 90, compared to India’s 72, Bangladesh 61, Nepal 55, Sri Lanka 21, China 22, Thailand 7, Philippines 28, Malaysia 11 and Indonesia 31.

Infant mortality rate was the highest in Pakistan at 73 per 1,000 during 2007, as against 70 in 2005, which indicates that Islamabad performed poorly once again in this aspect. In India infant mortality stood at 54, in Sri Lanka at 17, Bangladesh 47, Nepal 43, China 19, Thailand 6, Philippines 23, Malaysia 10 and Indonesia 25.

Although the ratio between available health facilities and the population has recorded a slight improvement over last year and the number of doctors has increased, it is yet insufficient to provide health coverage to the growing population.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=182718
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Govt of Punjab Spending Billions of Rupees in Development of Sialkot Road Projects LRE-Azan 0 1,783 11-06-2017 05:08 PM
Last Post: LRE-Azan
  LDA budget: Bulk of over Rs1b spending allocated to Avenue 1 Salman 0 3,571 09-17-2012 01:09 PM
Last Post: Salman
  ‘Education City Project’ to move without any hurdles Salman 0 2,763 06-15-2012 01:43 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Ghost ‘Education Housing Society/Education City Lahore’ Scandal Salman 0 11,994 03-21-2012 02:36 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Education Housing Society scandal Salman 0 3,465 03-20-2012 12:38 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Letters of displeasure to DCOs spending less than 5pc funds Salman 0 2,181 01-06-2012 12:51 PM
Last Post: Salman
  Punjab govt to provide free education to labourers’ children: Qureshi Lahore_Real_Estate 0 3,016 08-17-2011 01:15 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  sex education for Pak Kids! LRE 2 7,236 07-23-2011 03:53 PM
Last Post: LRE
  ‘Education City to fetch multi-billion dollars investment’ Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,216 06-06-2011 02:38 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Govt urged to dedicate next five years to education Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,185 04-25-2011 01:53 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  World Bank approves USD 400 million for Pak education project Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,358 03-25-2011 05:19 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Health, education top priorities of govt, says Shahbaz Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,475 01-29-2011 02:27 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  CM approves transfer of land to education dept Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,658 01-28-2011 12:09 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  PU VC seeks media help for increase in education budget Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,215 01-10-2011 02:28 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Education top priority of govt: CM Lahore_Real_Estate 0 1,919 11-26-2010 01:35 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  BRIDGING the GAPS - School Education Department’s website launched Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,559 11-26-2010 01:32 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  PM announces uniform education system in capital Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,208 11-09-2010 05:36 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Two-Day Education Expo 2010 opens Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,213 11-02-2010 05:50 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Gwadar Port Authority paid Rs32m since 2008, NA told Lahore_Real_Estate 0 2,539 09-28-2010 02:54 PM
Last Post: Lahore_Real_Estate
  Prince Has Completed His Education! LRE 0 2,161 08-11-2010 12:05 AM
Last Post: LRE

Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)