Mushtaq Chhapra, one of four members of the board of governors (BoG) set up by the federal government to oversee the affairs of the Jinnah Graduate Medical Center (JPMC), has signaled to withdraw from the BoG if a tug-of-war between the federal and provincial governments over control of the JPMC and two hospitals another in Karachi continues.
He also stated that the other two council members could also quit if the conflict was not resolved. Speaking to The News on Friday, Chhapra, a philanthropist, said he and two other board members believed that Karachi’s three health facilities – JPMC, the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and the National Institute of Children’s Health (NICH)) – should stay under control. province. “We are not political people and we just joined the board of governors set up by the national health services ministry to upgrade health facilities at JPMC. If the tug of war over JPMC control between the federal and provincial governments continues, the three of us, including me [Chhapra], Mrs. Ronaq Lakhani and Irfan Daudi, can resign from the ranks of governors, “he said.
Not a single meeting of the four members of the Board of Commissioners has yet been held although it has been scheduled three times since March when the board was formed.
The BoG was created under the Medical Teaching Institute Act by the federal ministry of national health services. Its members include Chhapra, philanthropist Ronaq Lakhani, consultant surgeon Dr Muhammad Irfan Daudi and Rashid Khan, a businessman. Due to the Sindh government’s rejection of the federal government’s decision to form the BoG, three council meetings scheduled for the election of its chairman have been canceled.
Responding to the BoG constitution, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho wrote a letter to the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Health Dr Faisal Sultan, offering that the provincial government could continue to manage and operate the JPMC, NICVD and NICH through an agreement with the federal government.
Chhapra, who heads the Patient Aid Foundation (PAF) at JPMC, stated that they do not expect a strong reaction from the employees and the Sindh government to the federal government’s move to run JPMC through the BoG. He added that he had realized that the JPMC, NICVD and NICH had to remain under provincial control as they functioned effectively.
“The Sindh government has spent more than 100 billion rupees running this facility since 2011 and it has been transformed into a patient-centered health facility. The provincial government is justified in demanding that they be able to run these facilities better than the federal government, “he said.
Commenting on the recent statement from the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali in which he claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his wish to solve the three hospital problems as the Sindh government wishes when the former took on the matter during a recent meeting. Chhapra’s Joint Interest Council (CCI) said he believed sanity would prevail and decisions would be made in the best interests of hundreds of thousands of patients from the three facilities.
“I personally believe that at the direction of PM Imran, the federal law minister and the prime minister’s special assistant can provide some solutions to this problem in which these health facilities can continue to function smoothly under provincial control,” Chhapra said.
When asked why he decided to become a member of the federal government-formed BoG, he said he and his fellow councilmen wanted only to upgrade the health facilities at JPMC where thousands of people not only come from all over Pakistan but other countries as well. to seek quality treatment.