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PPP, NICVD, SIUT, Thar Coal, successful SRB project from Sindh govt: CS | Instant News

KARACHI – Chief Secretary (CS) Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said that the Public Private Partnership (PPP), NICVD, SIUT, Thar Coal, SRB and the Sindh Education Foundation are successful projects of the provincial government.

He said this in a meeting with the Special Training (Pakistan Police Service) delegation who summoned him on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by IG Sindh Mushtaq Ahmed Maher, Sindh Chief Additional Secretary Muhammad Usman Chachar and other officials from the Sindh Government’s Planning & Development, Finance and Energy Department. Delegates from the Pakistan Special Training Police Service were briefed on law and order, the finance department and the Karachi mega project.

Speaking at the meeting, Mumtaz Ali Shah said that the power plant originated Thar Coal was a successful project and electricity was also supplied from the wind corridor. He said a number of projects had been launched for the welfare of the people in Thar including the achievement of the Islamkot Sustainable Development Goals, Installation of an RO factory in Thar, Model Village and other projects had been completed. CS said further that law and order had been restored in Karachi and now work was being done on the city’s infrastructure. The restoration of peace has increased educational, cultural and commercial activities in the city. He informed the delegation that Rs232.94 crore had been allocated for 2,246 building projects in 2020-21.

Mumtaz Shah said that with the help of international financial institutions in Karachi city, the work of the Karachi Environmental Improvement Project, CLICK, Karachi Sewerage Improvement Project, BRT and other projects is being accelerated.

KU, SECP ink MoU to start a joint research project

Karachi University’s Department of Psychology signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Self Empowerment Center Pakistan (SECP) to initiate the development of long-term joint research, education, training and knowledge dissemination projects.

KU Deputy Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraq and SECP Director Dr Yasmeen Khan signed the MoU at a ceremony at the KU VC Secretariat, a KU spokesman said on Tuesday. The MoU envisions that KU and SECP will work together to promote and transfer knowledge and information sharing, including in the fields of mental health, psychology, psychiatry, and the promotion of healthier societies. KU and SECP have agreed to launch product development activities, industry visits, joint seminars, conferences, student work support, internships for students, student scholarships, placing SECP experts on the department’s advisory board, special lectures, and training sessions by SECP and the psychology department, development of educational materials, course content, structure, and delivery, sponsored research projects, analytical facilities for departmental students and faculty.


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Karachi’s NICVD official identifying corruption was removed from his post | Instant News

An official at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in Karachi has been removed from office months after he pointed to nepotism and corruption in medical facilities.

Dr Tariq Ahmed Shaikh, staff executive director of the NICVD, has written to the chief secretary of Sindh about the alleged embezzlement and misuse of funds, abuse of power and rampant corruption in the NICVD.

He said he had told NICVD Executive Director Professor Dr Nadeem Qamar about the irregularities that have cost him billions over the past four years.

Officials have embezzled funds and donations through 27 bank accounts, the Sheikh said. Some of them were even promoted to BPS-19 and 20 within six months of their appointment to the NICVD.

However, the Shaykh has now lost his own job. He was laid off for “continuing absence from work”, according to NICVD management.

The National Accountability Bureau has also investigated the unusually high salaries paid to some NICVD officials.

It was revealed earlier this week that NICVD Executive Director Dr Nadeem Qamar is the highest-paid government official in Sindh.

With a salary package of Rs 6.2 million, he was paid more than Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah or Governor Imran Ismail, according to documents detailing the hospital staff’s salaries.

Dr Nadeem, PPP MNA’s brother Naveed Qamar, is a cardiologist and has been in the NICVD for 24 years, according to his website.

He roughly makes four to five times more than a Class-20 officer makes.


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Signs of MoU for Pediatric Cardiology Ward renovation & equipment on nicvd | Instant News

KARACHI: The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American Pakistan Business Development Forum and Rotary Club of Karachi Crown to support NICVD in renovating the Pediatric Cardiology Ward and providing state-of-the-art facilities in model rooms.

The MoU was signed by Professor Nadeem Qamar (Executive Director, NICVD), Dr. Abdul Sattar Shaikh (Paediactric Cardiologist, NICVD), Mr. Zeeshan Altaf Lohya (Co-Founder & Chairman, AMPAK-BDF and Assistant Governor & President, Rotary Club Karachi Crown) and Mr. Nasser Wajahat (Co-Founder & Secretary General, AMPAK-BDF and Secretary General of the Rotary Club Karachi Crown).

The ceremony was also attended by NICVD Professors, Doctors and Management. Abdul Sattar Shaikh who then gave a tour to the guests of the Children’s Ward and various areas of the hospital.

According to the agreement, the Rotary Club of Karachi Crown and the American Pakistan Business Development Forum in collaboration with NICVD will renovate 2 ward entry rooms with one model room for a children’s ward which has 12 beds and will provide bunk beds, creating an atmosphere and state of the facilities-the- art in the model room. ***


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Surgery was postponed at the NICVD because several healthcare providers contracted the coronavirus | Instant News

A large number of healthcare providers have contracted Covid-19 in Karachi in recent days, forcing several leading public and private hospitals to cancel operations and procedures.

“All operations at the Karachi National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and its satellite centers in Tando Muhammad Khan and Sukkur were canceled for a week after several surgeons, nurses and paramedics tested positive for infectious diseases,” said Dr Pervez Chaudhry, head of operations at NICVD, while speaking with The News on Monday.

A total of 94 health care providers have died in the country, including 67 doctors, one medical student, two nurses and 24 paramedics, officials said, adding that some 9,666 health care providers had contracted the infectious disease.

He said the operation had been postponed as a precaution to protect surgeons and other health care staff as well as patients from any complications. He added that they had decided not to discharge patients who had been operated on for at least a week as a precaution.

Another official from the NICVD said at least 15 members of their staff, including doctors, surgeons and other staff, had tested positive for the infectious disease, forcing them to suspend all elective operations and procedures. He said only emergency services were offered at heart care facilities at this time.

“Our emergency services are available around the clock in the NICVD, where primary PCI or emergency angioplasty is being performed in heart attack patients. All elective procedures and operations have been postponed due to the spread of Covid-19 among staff, “said a health facility official.

On the other hand, several orthopedic surgeons and doctors and staff of the Karachi Civil Hospital also contracted the virus infection, forcing the government to send infected healthcare providers to their homes for isolation.

A CHK official confirmed to The News that 17 doctors, surgeons and other staff had tested positive for the disease. He added that because of the spread of Covid-19 among health care providers, they were also forced to reduce the number of surgeries and elective procedures in health facilities.

CHK officials claim that in addition to 17 new cases at their hospital, 50 medical students from Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), have also been infected with the coronavirus after 300 students tested positive in recent days.

Officials at other health facilities, including the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) and the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), also said that with the increase in Covid-19 cases in the city, doctors and their healthcare providers have started contracting the disease. because they are in constant contact with infected patients. A similar situation exists in private health facilities in Karachi. where a growing number of health care providers, including doctors, paramedics and nurses, are infected with the coronavirus and are isolated in their homes or treated in Covid-19 care wards in health facilities.


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The NAB questioned the Sindh government about dismissing NICVD doctors | Instant News

KARACHI: In an unprecedented move, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has inquired from the Sindh government about the termination of an employee of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), which is an autonomous body working under the administrative control of the Sindh government.

In a letter from NAB Karachi to the health secretary, a copy of which is available with The News, Saeed Ahmed, Additional Director (Staff) for DG NAB Karachi, raised a question about Dr Tariq Sheikh’s dismissal. He has asked NICVD management to submit documents for approval of the dismissal by the competent authorities, his reasons along with showcause notices and all other relevant documents. On October 29, the NAB team carried out hours of ‘raids’ on the NICVD on charges of financial and administrative irregularities, misuse of funds and questioning administrative staff.

Dr. Tariq Sheikh, once a Medical Officer in the Sindh Health department and also the personal secretary of a Sindh minister, joined the NICVD in 2016 as a Staff Officer. According to the NICVD’s official records due to absence from duty and after fulfilling code formalities, service notices, reminders and notices of the cause of the last show, he was laid off from work in September 2020. A Sindh government source informed ‘The News’ that Dr. Tariq Sheikh is said to be a close relative of a senior police officer who has influence over NAB Karachi. He is also a relative of the NAB Investigative Officer in the NICVD case, Qamar Abbasi.

NICVD management also approached the chairman of the NAB for an impartial investigation into the agency, complaining about Dr. Tariq Sheikh and called his dismissal according to the rules and benefits by letter.

Senior legal expert and former lawyer for judge Shahid Soomro told ‘The News’ that NAB’s letter to the Sindh Health department did not comply with the law. “It is not the domain of the NAB to inquire about the dismissal of a Sindh government employee, it is more harassment and an unnecessary act to benefit the fired officer,” added advocate Soomro. He concluded that the appropriate forum for dismissed employees was the Service Court and not the NAB.

The NAB spokesman, Nawazish Ali Asim, told The News that none of the NAB officers had any relationship with Dr. Tariq Sheikh. Second, the role of NAB in investigating his dismissal is to analyze every aspect to reach factual positions according to the law. NAB has always been determined to carry out its duties according to the law. On the other hand, NAB in its official announcement on November 3, 2020 stated that it had received various complaints about alleged corruption in various appointments, excessive salaries, and several other problems as well as the absence of NICVD cooperation for provision. For the record, the NAB team visited NICVD Karachi to receive official record.

COO NICVD, Dr. Azra Maqsood, told The News that he and the NICVD had always worked closely with NAB and provided all necessary documents to the Bureau, but NAB’s recent actions were unnecessary and incomprehensible. Dr. Maqsood said that several NICVD officials who were dismissed from their jobs included Dr. Tariq Sheikh has started a malafide campaign against the institute.

Dr Tariq Sheikh denied having any links with NAB officers and said he had nothing to do with the NAB attacks on the NICVD. He said that he was dismissed when he raised the issue of corruption in the organization.


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