Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the health department to ensure supply of medicines to all the government hospitals by the end of next week.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of the health department at the Chief Minister house, according to a statement issued here on Monday.
The meeting was attended by Sindh Health Minister Dr. Sikandar Mendhro, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and others.
The chief minister said that the purchase of medicines has not been completed so far. Therefore, some of the hospitals are facing shortage of medicines.
Minister Mendhro briefing the chief minister said that as per policy 15 percent purchase is made locally while 85 percent purchase is done centrally.
Secretary Health said that some purchase committee senior members have resigned due to their personal engagements and some others have gone out of country.
The chief minister directed him to adopt legal procedure and complete the purchase of medicines as well give him report of supply of medicines within a week.
It may be noted that over all operational budget of hospitals of the province comes to Rs. 18 billion in which around Rs. 6.5 billion is the budget of medicines.
Shah said that he has installed boards in all the hospitals urging patients to get medicine from the hospital store free of cost.
Talking about Public Private partnership (PPP) operation of various government hospitals, the chief minister said that the private partners are operating in a best way. Therefore, their issues must be solved on priority basis so that they could provide best of their health facilities.
He pointed out that Drigh Bala rural health center of Johi was in dilapidated condition. He directed secretary health to report him why it was abandoned. The secretary health talked to the DHO Dadu and got the report.
The chief minister was told that the building was complete but it remained for a certain time under the occupation of the police. The chief minister directed secretary health to take over the health center within a week and get it functional.
Murad Ali Shah also directed health department to submit him a detailed report of all the health centers/health facilities lying incomplete either for construction purpose or for SNE.