Karachi—Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has said that after the restoration of law and order in Karachi special emphasis is now being laid on revival and improved functioning of public sector health institutions.
This will ensure 100 percent utilisation of resources of the health institutions which in turn would result in the provision of better health care facilities to poor patients. This he said during visit to Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
Commissioner Karachi Syed Asif Hyder Shah, Municipal Commissioner KMC Samiuddin Siddiqui and Senior Director Medical Services KMC Dr. Salma Kausar were also present on the occasion.
Dr. Ebad said that Brig. Ashfaq has been nominated by him to daily visit both health facilities and prepare a report highlighting short and long term solution to better and improved working of both health institutions.
The main problem of these hospitals was negligence and non-provision of funds due to which these institutions were not working according to their strength, he added. He said that it is being ensured to utilise available resources and provide required medical equipment to ensure 100 per cent functioning of these institutions.
While mentioning his directives during last visit to ASH, the Governor Sindh said that improvement work has been started, although 15-20 per cent betterment has been made so far, and it is hoped that the hospital would be operating according to the directives within three months.
He also directed for urgent efforts for the provision of natural gas plant for KIHD and coordinating with SSGC for ensuring the same at an earliest, which has long been awaited.
Patients should always be given priority in implementation of policies and strategies in any institution and there was an urgent need to assure the same here, he added.
During his visit to ASH, the Governor Sindh said this was a very important health care institution of Karachi and as such, it should be attached priority by all concerned departments. Overall cleanliness should be further improved, he directed.
While speaking with media persons on the occasion, the Governor Sindh said that the purpose of his visit to these institutions was to witness himself the problems, requirements and facilities so as to evolve a comprehensive strategy for the solution to the same at the earliest.
Replying to a question about National Action Plan and Karachi operation, the Governor Sindh said that it is continuing according to the parameters of NAP.
The personnel of law enforcement agencies have sacrificed their lives for ensuring peace in Karachi. Due to successful interventions of law enforcement agencies, Karachiites are enjoying economic, social, cultural and recreational activities without any fear and Karachi is once again returning to its past glory, he said.