Murad orders hiring of another 2,000 doctors

KARACHI – The health emergency declared in the province has produced some positive results, but still there is lot to do to provide best and free of cost health facilities to each and every citizen of the province.

This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while presiding over a high-level meeting of health department officials here at the CM House on Friday. “The provision of health facilities under the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) government is another success story in Sindh,” the CM boasted.

Those who attended the meeting included Minister P&D Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, P&D Board Chairman Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Khalid Mehmood Shaikh of finance dept, DG PPP Unit Abdul Fateh Tunio, P&D Special Secretary Dr Fawad Shaikh, Member Social Sector P&D Rehan Baloch, Additional Secretary (Dev) Dr Ashiq Shaikh and others. The chief minister reviewed the appointment of newly recruited doctors, procurement of medicines, projects initiated under the public-private partnership and donor projects. Briefing the chief minister, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho said that 5,402 medical officers, including 2,769 female medical officers, had been issued appointment letters, of whom 5,263 had accepted while 4,376 had joined. “This shows that 887 doctors have not joined,” he added. The chief minister directed Minister for Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro to send another requisition of another 2,000 doctors to SPSC so that the remaining positions could be filled.

The chief minister was told that the procurement of medicines was made in two different ways: 15 percent by the local hospitals and 85 percent centrally through tenders. The local purchase is made keeping in view the specific requirements and needs of hospitals.

The hospitals are allowed to purchase medicines and related items up to 15 percent of their budget as per SPPRA rules. The centralized procurement of medicines was made through tenders and there was a procurement committee and 12 technical committees to make the procurement, the CM was told.

The chief minister directed the health department to contact owners and heads of pharmaceutical companies to get medicines at concessional rates. “I have information from credible sources that they [pharmaceutical companies] supply medicines to other provinces at lower rates than Sindh,” the CM said, and added this issue must be addressed by holding a direct meeting with the companies’ heads. The chief minister was told that tenders for procurement of medicines had been invited, and that this year the procurement of all medicines and related items had been divided into 12 therapeutic groups.

Talking about the operational status of health facilities, the meeting was told that District Hospital Badin, 61 Rural Health Centres, six taluka headquarter hospitals of Badin were being run by the Indus Hospital, while Amn Foundation is operating an ambulance service in Thatta and Sujawal, MERF is operating DHQ Thatta, eight RHCs in Thatta and Sujawal districts and four THQs in Thatta and Sujawal districts.

The meeting was told that HANDS was running three RHCs, two hospitals of 50-60 beds each and 29 BHUs/dispensaries at Bin Qasim, Gadap and Ibrahim Hyderi. The total expenditures on these facilities come to Rs97,409,000 million in 2017-18. Under the donors programme, Child Healthcare Institute is being built at Sukkur for which Korea has provided a loan of Rs4.8 billion in which provincial government contributes Rs162.792 million. The preparation of design of the institute is in the final stages and the contractor would be hired in the end of January 2018.

The chief minister said that the health services were improving in the province. “We have to further work hard to make health facilities more better and within the reach of each and every citizen,” he stressed. Murad approves Rs90m for purchase of MRI, CT SCAN for Abdullah Shah Institute, Sehwan:

Presiding over the third meeting of Board of Governors of SASIMS at CM House, CM Murad said that Syed Abdullah Shah Institute of Medical Sciences (SASIMS) at Sehwan was the most important health and teaching facility located on the Indus Highway, therefore it must be made one of the prestigious institutes in terms of health services, medical facilities and producing good nurses and other para-medical staff.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Health Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Principal Secretary to CM Sohial Rajput, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Director SASIMS Dr Moinuddin Siddiqui, Members of Board of Governors (BoG) Syed Asif Ali Shah, Dr Ahsan Siddiqui, Manzoor Soomro, Dr Raheem Bux Bhatti, Director GIMS Gambat Dr Manzoor Hussain Bhatti, representative of Academic Council Karamullah Babar Lorahi Admin Officer SASIMS. The board took number of decisions such as purchasing MRI and CT SCAN for which the chief minister approved an amount of Rs90 million.

The board also decided to construct compound wall around 100 acres plot allotted to the institute by the government. The chief minister approved Rs30 million for the construction of compound wall, and directed deputy commissioner Jamshoro to remove all the encroachments adjacent to the plot and from different parts of the city. “The encroachments not only cause traffic jams, but deface the area and the city, therefore these must be removed,” he said.

The board also approved appointment of non-SNE staff, including one diabetic specialist, 30 staff nurses, 14 lady health workers, 40 sanitary workers, 20 ward servants, 20 peons and such other staff.

The chief minister directed the director of the institute to appoint internal auditor. “Internal audit would keep the record straight. We have to work sincerely and honestly for the people of this province,” he said.

The board also approved the establishment of a nursing school. “Initially, a batch of 20 students would be selected. The standard of the school would be at par with top institutes of the country,” the chief minister directed. The chief minister was informed that the satellite of NICVD had been established in three major wards, therefore the institute needed another building to continue its approved projects and health services. The chief minister with the consent of the board approved construction of three major wards, a hostel and such other buildings.  He directed the head of the institute to prepare a scheme for the building for approval and submit the same to P&D department. “I’ll arrange funds for the purpose,” he said.

The board also discussed and approved the establishment of canteen for the institute. The chief minister directed the institute administration to establish a canteen with best quality food and the staff of the institute may be given food on subsidy. The board also approved purchase of incinerator, water ultra filtration plant and PCR machine for hepatitis –B & C diagnosis. The chief minister said that the NICVD Satellite would be inaugurated within next week.

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