RATODERO – After a long delay, the Sindh government has finally taken notice of lack of medical facilities at Chandka Medical College Hospital and directed the suppliers of CT Scan and MRI machinery to complete the project without further loss of time.

In a letter addressed to CMCH Medical Superintendent Muhammad Sarfraz, Assistant Manager of the suppliers (M/S-Raditech International, Karachi) has informed that manufacturer’s RF shielding installation team is arriving Karachi on January 23 (today) and will reach Larkana same day evening to install RF Shielding in GE’s MRI room at the hospital. The team is expected to start work on January 24 (tomorrow).

According to sources, 15 to 20 day will be required to complete RF shielding work and one month more is also required to complete all installation work of MRI/CT Scan equipment and then it will be handed-over to the management of the CMCH after proper inspection & demonstration.

It may be mentioned here that this vital project has already been delayed for seven years as its administrative approval was granted on September 30, 2006 and the ECNEC approved the scheme in 2006 as the funding of the project was on 50-50 cost sharing basis between the Sindh and Federal governments.

The total cost of the project was Rs564 million excluding capital cost and it was to be completed during 2007-08. The project has been completed at two sites namely Civil Hospital, Karachi and Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad/Jamshoro but the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and People’s Medical College Hospital (PMCH) Nawabshah projects were forgotten by the Sindh Health Department which was reminded to them through media reports. The people of Larkana have urged the government to complete all other projects well in time so that tax payers could benefit.

Meanwhile, the secretary, Provincial Ombudsman for the protection against harassment of women at the workplace, Karachi in a faxed letter has asked the Medical Superintendents, Civil Surgeons and Project Directors working in Sindh to form enquiry committees under Act No IV-2010.

Syed Pir Ali Shah, former Judge of Sindh High Court, has been appointed as first Ombudsman of the newly created office of the provincial ombudsman for the protection against harassment of women at workplace.

As per law, all government departments, corporations, autonomous & semi-autonomous bodies and private sector organisations are required to form enquiry committees in their respective offices consisting of one chairman and two members amongst them one must be female for hearing the complaints.

The aggrieved working women may file complaints before the enquiry committee constituted by the concerned/relevant departments/organisations or may directly file complaints before the provincial ombudsman in such circumstances.

Accordingly an enquiry committee has been directed to be constituted which will be led by the medical superintendent as chairman with two members who included Dr Nasim Shah Baig Chandio, Additional Medical Superintendent of Shaikh Zayyed Hospital for Women and Dr (Capt) Ghulam Ali Hulio, Deputy Medical Superintendent of Chandka Medical College Hospital in Larkana.