KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he is keen to make the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) a world class institute by providing it all the facilities, including upgraded and extended building. He was presiding over a meeting held here at the CM House on Thursday to discuss the upgradation of NICH.

“NICH is one of the best institutes in the country like SIUT, but there is a room for further improvement, which could be brought about by taking some administrative measures such as appointment of specialists, and construction of additional blocks,” the CM added. He, on the occasion, approved Rs20 million for the purchase of 1,500 kv generator and other equipments. “You can move a separate request for other funds and facilities , if you need,” he told director of the institute.

The NICH is a 500-bed hospital and provides health facilties to the patients of Sindh and Balochistan. The outside patient ratio is around 40 percent. 

The meeting was attended by Minister for Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Secretary Health Dr Fazal Pechuho, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Professor Syed Jamal Raza, Director NICH Professor Jamal Raza, Professor Khalid Mehmood and NICH Professor Jamshed Akhter.

Giving presentation to the chief minister, Professor Jamal Raza said that during 2016, 126184 patients had been treated at NICH.

The chief minister was told that the two surgical units with 80 beds, a 10-bed surgical ICU, a 15-bed surgical ITC and a Burns Unit of 20 beds would be built in future. Similarly, he was told that lab tests of 4,29,111 patients were conducted at the hospital during 2016. There is blood bank, emergency department where 1,84,009 patients were treated during 2016 and Oncology Unit was established in 1999.

Raza further told the chief minister that a new Pediatric Surgical Complex would also be built over an area of two acres, which would house a surgical block, rehabilitation centre, hematology, bone marrow transplantation and molecular genetics & research departments. “The land belongs to Pakistan Army  Welfare Trust and its market cost would come to Rs1120 million,” he explained.

The chief minister directed his principal secretary to talk to the Trust high-ups and request them to support the cause of the hospital. “However, the government would pay the price of the land,” he assured.

When the director requested the chief minister to allow health allowance for the NICH staff, as was being given to JPMC employees, the chief minister directed him to send the proposal, which he would approve. “I would be happy to give incentives to your staff because they are doing a good job,” the CM said, and added that he wanted to see the NICH turn into one of the best hospitals of the country.

The promotions of NICH employees from grade B-1 to B-17 as well as fresh appointments were also taken up at the meeting.

The chief minister asked NICH director to issue directives for the promotion of those employees whose promotions were due. “But these promotions must be made purely on merit,” he directed.

Informing the chief minister that there were 594 employees at NICH, the director requested him for giving them the facility of renting a house.

The chief minister aksed him to send a proposal so that it could be considered.

The chief minister was also told that there were 280 vacant positions and 870 doctors, nurses, paramedics and others had to be promoted.

The chief minister asked the director NICH to establish satellite centers one at Lyari and other one at Hyderabad. “I want you to upgrade the institute to the level of NICVD and run it on that pattern,” he directed, and added that he would provide all the facilities to the institute.

The chief minister also allowed creation of administrative positions to run the institute purely in a professional manner.

He allowed recruitment of sanitary staff, and said that he would provide extra- budget for the construction of different blocks and face uplifting of the hospital.