Covid-19 affects 141 on-going healthcare schemes in Sindh- Sindh Courier

Covid-19 affects 141 on-going healthcare schemes in Sindh

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Covid-19 affects 141 on-going healthcare schemes in Sindh- Sindh CourierAllocation for 141 on-going schemes for 2020-21 was Rs.13.5 billion against which Rs.4.565 billion were released and the utilization is 36.11 percent or Rs.1.648 billion

No funds could be released for 51 new schemes in health sector

Karachi: It transpired in a meeting on Monday that the year-long Covid-19 situation has badly affected the development projects including that of health sector in Sindh.

The data, presented in the meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, shows that 141 on-going development schemes worth Rs.13.5 billion in healthcare sector across the province, were affected while no funds could be released for 51 new schemes.

The meeting was told that the health department had 192 schemes – 141 ongoing and 51 new, with an allocation of Rs.93273.567 million against which Rs.32886.737 million were utilized upto June 2020 and the throw-forward was Rs.60386.830 million.

According to an official handout, out of 192 schemes, 141 are on-going for which Rs.23500 million have been allocated for current financial year of which Rs.4566.766 have been released while the utilization has been recorded at 36.11 percent or Rs.1648.845 million.

The allocation for the 141 on-going schemes for 2020-21 is Rs.13500 million against which Rs.4565.954 million have been released and the utilization is 36.11 percent or Rs.1648.845 million.

Since the chief minister gave priority to the completion of the on-going schemes, therefore no funds have been released for 51 new schemes.

The chief minister was told that 72 schemes are likely to be completed by the end of current financial year. Some of them are as follows:

Establishment of Thalassemia Day Care Center at Dargah Jaral Shah, Larkana for Rs21.986 million, RHC at village Karejha Chandio, Naushehroferoze for Rs.65.832 million, upgradation of BHU to RHC Phull, Naushehroferoze for Rs.63.832 million, Upgradation of BHC to RHC Fakir Faiz M. Bilalani, Mirpurkhas for Rs.61.709 million, upgradation of BHU to RHC Wahi Pandhi, Dudu for Rs.64.930 million, upgradation of three BHC to RHC in Kantio, Amrio, Veenjhniyari of Tharparkar district, upgradation of BHC to RHC in Janhero, Samaro and New Chhor of Umerkot; Establishment of Child Health Care Institute Sukkur for Rs.162 million, Establishment of Maternal & Child Healthcare Center at Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro and various others.

The other schemes would be completed in the next financial year, including establishment of 25-bedded Trauma Center at Sindh Govt. Lyari General Hospital, strengthening of Qattar Hospital, Orangi, establishment of Gastroenterology and Neuropsychiatry Unit at NICH, Karachi, establishment of Paeds Cardiac unit NICVD, Karachi, establishment of Cardiothoracic surgery department at Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad, establishment of 50-bed Medical & Surgical ICU and expansion of Casualty & OPD at CMC Larkana and various others.

“The COVID-19 situation created financial constraints but despite the fact the government has given priority to the health sector so that on-going schemes can be completed in the larger interest of the people of the province,” Murad Shah said.

The chief minister directed secretary health Kazim Jatoi to personally monitor completion of their 62 ongoing schemes.

The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Parliamentary Secretary health Qasim Siraj Soomro, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi, Member P&D Fatah Tunio, SE Building Arshad Bhutto and others.

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Sindh Courier