KARACHI – Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the health department to ensure completion of 141 sustainable development schemes launched worth Rs13.5 billion so that health care facilities start operating in every nook and corner of the province. “The COVID-19 situation has created financial constraints even though the government has prioritized the health sector so that the ongoing scheme can be finalized in the interests of the larger provincial community,” he said Monday while chairing the meeting. to review progress of the Ministry of Health’s development scheme in the CM Building. The meeting was attended by Minister of Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Parliamentary Secretary of Health Qasim Siraj Soomro, Main Secretary (CS) Mumtaz Shah, Chair of P&D Mohammad Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi, Health Secretary Kazim Jatoi, Member of P & D Fatah Tunio, SE Building Arshad Bhutto and others.
During the meeting it was informed that the health department had 192 schemes with an allocation of Rs93,273,567 million of which Rs32,886,737 million had been used up to June 2020 and the throw-forward was Rs60,386,830 million. Of the 192 schemes, 141 are in progress of which Rs23,500 million has been allocated for the current financial year and Rs4,566,766 has been released while utilization is recorded at 36.11 percent or Rs1,648,845 million. The allocation for 141 schemes that are currently running for 2020-21 is Rs. 13,500 million, which has been released for Rs. 4,565,954 million and the utilization is 36.11 percent or Rs1,648,845 million. As the CM prioritized the completion of the ongoing schemes, no funds were spent on 51 new schemes. CM was informed that 72 schemes are likely to be completed by the end of the current financial year. Some of them are as follows: Establishment of Thalassemia Day Care Center in Dargah Jaral Shah, Larkana for Rs21,986 million, RHC in Karejha Chandio village, Naushehroferoze for Rs 65,832 million, BHU upgrade to RHC Phull, Naushehroferoze for Rs63,832 million, Increase BHC became RHC Fakir Faiz M Bilalani, Mirpurkhas amounted to Rs61,709 million, increased BHU to RHC Wahi Pandhi, Dudu amounted to Rs64,930 million, increased three BHCs to RHC in Kantio, Amrio, Veenjhniyari, Tharparkar district, increase from BHC to RHC in Janhero , Samaro and New Chhor of Umerkot. The establishment of the Sukkur Children’s Health Care Center amounting to Rs162 million, the establishment of the Center for Maternal & Child Health at Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro and various others. Other schemes to be completed in the following fiscal year include the establishment of a 25-bed Trauma Center at the Sindh Lyari Government General Hospital, strengthening of the Qattar Hospital, Orangi, establishment of the Gastroenterology and Neuropsychiatry Unit in NICH, Karachi, establishment of the NICVD Paeds Heart Unit, Karachi, establishment of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad and various others.