LAKKI MARWAT: As part of the ongoing partnership with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the United States government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), reinstated two refurbished hospitals to the KP government Health Department in Lakki Marwat.

The US Consul General in Peshawar Gregory Macris virtually inaugurated the District Headquarters Hospital and the City Hospital at the ceremony on Tuesday, says a press release.

The key refurbishments include improved operating theatres, labor rooms, gynecology wards, and pediatrics wards. Newly dedicated clinics provide counseling on breastfeeding, growth monitoring, immunization, and preventive care for babies. USAID also established a Sick Newborn Care Unit with incubators and baby-warmers and trained health providers on emergency newborn care services. With improved signage within the medical campuses to facilitate patient flow, these hospitals will cater to the needs of more than 875,000 people of Lakki Marwat and residents from neighboring districts.

“Health programs like the one we celebrate today leave the most immediate and concrete impact, both on the recipients and on the providers. I want to thank the government of KP for its partnership in achieving this goal,” said US Consul General Macris.

In addition to these two hospitals, 37 primary health care facilities in Lakki Marwat have received equipment to implement the Minimum Health Service Delivery Package. USAID provided training to medical staff on the required competencies and skills needed to offer quality health services, and established a referral system to ensure better patient care and follow up.

USAID’s Integrated Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery project is working with the government of KP to improve its health systems and the delivery of healthcare services in Charsadda, Lakki Marwat and Swat.

Earlier on November 20, Women’s Business Opportunity Initiative, an effort led by non-profit WEConnect International in coordination with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the US-Pakistan Women’s Council, was announced.

The initiative was announced at “Advancing Women’s Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity,” a virtual event taking place during the Global Entrepreneurship Week hosted by US Embassy Islamabad and the US-Pakistan Women’s Council, a unique public-private partnership between the US government, Texas A&M University, and private companies and organizations in the United States and Pakistan.