Karachi—Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan on Wednesday undertook detailed visit to various health facilities of Karachi to enquire about their pace of construction work and also their performance.
These facilities included under construction Sindh Government 400 bedded hospital/trauma centre at NIPA chowrangi, Sindh Government Hospital Gulistan-e-Jauher and Nursing School of Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD).
All these projects were initiated on the directives of Governor Sindh in 2012. Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan also visited Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD).
On the occasion, he said that for provision of better health care facilities to masses, special emphasis is being laid on establishment of new health institutions and revamping and renovation of existing health facilities.
He said that with the construction of 400-bedded hospital at NIPA, the residents of District East specially Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauher and other adjoining areas would benefit from this state-of-the-art health centre.
After completion of main building, attention is being given for provision of all required facilities here, he added and directed for acquiring the electricity and required equipment as soon as possible so as to make this facility functional without any undue delay.
Ebad also visited various wards and facilities at the hospital. Governor also visited Sindh Government Hospital Gulistan-e-Jauher, whose ground floor has been completed.
He said that due to its location near a main artery, it would serve the inhabitants of Gulistan-e-Jauher and Malir Cantonment effectively. He directed for early completion of construction work and ordered concerned officers to remove all bottlenecks in this regard.
The Governor also directed Deputy Commissioner East to get rid of all encroachments around the hospital so as to clear its access.
He also inspected the construction work of KIHD’s Nursing School and said that this institute would be a welcome addition in the field of teaching of nurses, as they are the backbone of any health care system and they must be well trained and educated.
Meanwhile, talking to media men on the occasion, Governor Sindh said that health care is directly associated with the welfare and well being of the common man and as such all relevant departments and Government offices should make coordinated and concerted efforts to mitigate the sufferings of specially poor patients.
He stated that there was a visible improvement in the working of KIHD after the steps taken in this regard. Not only the OPD has increased but its revenue has also risen considerably, he observed.
Dr. Ebad further said that the shortage of specialist doctors and surgeons would also be fulfilled gradually so as to make this hospital a completely functional cardiac institution.
He said that due to severe weather forecast all government hospitals have been directed to dedicate beds for treatment of heatstroke patients and all arrangements have been completed by the hospitals in this regard.
Responding to a question, Governor Sindh said that all health facilities of the province are being provided required medicines, equipment and doctors for the benefits of patients.
The initiation of liver transplant at DOW University is a unique milestone in the medical history of Pakistan and soon Kidney transplant would be started at DUHS, he added.
He said that with the availability of these two facilities, Kidney and liver patients would be spared from the hassle of traveling abroad for treatment.
Governor Sindh was informed at NIPA hospital that an amount of Rs. 1,736.359 million has been allocated for this health facility from which Rs. 1076.255 million was on capital side and Rs. 660.104 million was revenue portion.
The construction and finishing work of ground floor of the hospital has been completed and OPD would start from July this year with 100 bed treatment facility also, he was further informed.
Governor Sindh was informed during the visit to Sindh Government hospital Gulistan-e-Jauhar that its ground floor has also been completed while the two upper floors needs more funds, Emergency and OPD would soon be started here, it was also informed.