PM Imran has admitted Fed govt cannot run Karachi’s 3 hospitals – Murad


PM during his recent visit desired Sindh govt to operate NICVD, JPMC and NICH

In case the fed govt takes over these hospitals, it will have to pay whatever Sindh govt had invested since 2011

Chief Minister launches 7-day polio drive to target 2.3 million children in city

Staff Report

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali has said that the Prime Minister during his recent visit to Karachi told him that the federal government could not run three hospitals – NICVD, JPMC and NICH, therefore he gave provincial government go ahead to operate them.

He said that during the discussion, the prime minister said that he knew how difficult it was to run a hospital therefore the provincial government has to run these three hospitals.

This he said while talking to media after inaugurating seven-day polio eradication drive by administering polio drops to children at Rural Health Center, Baldia Town here on Monday morning.

To a question, the chief minister said that during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan the issue of administrative control of three hospitals, JPMC, NICVD and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) came under discussion.

Shah said that he has given two options to the federal government. “First option is that the federal government can give these three hospitals on the pattern of PPP mode to Sindh government. The other option is to hand them over to the provincial government to operate the hospitals under its administration,” he said and added if the federal government was serious to operate these hospitals he would have no objection but then they [fed govt.] would have to return the money his government has been investing in these health facilities from 2011 as was directed by the federal government.

To a question about increase in the polio cases, the chief minister said that a problem was created against polio vaccine drive in KPK, therefore the drive had come to standstill and we could not launch it in March last. “The recent increase of 19 cases in 2019 is the result of that stalemate, otherwise we had controlled the polio and we had only one case in 2017,” he said.

He said that during this year, 2020 so far five polio cases have been detected. “This is seriously a painful development for me because I have been making efforts to control it but so far negative results have come up,” he deplored.

Shah said that in November, there should have been the meeting of National Polio Eradication Taskforce under the Prime Minister but it could not be called. “Now the strategy has been changed to involve local bodies, civil society and parents of the children to save our future generation from the crippling disease. This is the question of our children – parents must decide whether they want to give healthy future to their children or disability for whole life,” he asked and urged the parents all over Pakistan, particularly in Sindh to be responsible to give polio drops to their children and ensure their healthy future.

Murad Shah said that 2.3 million children would be targeted in the 7-day campaign he has launched at Rural Health Center. Another campaign from February 17 would be launched in other districts of the province with a target of 6.7 million children and urged the parents to administer polio drops to their children at hospitals if any of the child was left over.

To another question, the chief minister said that the local bodies have to start drive against stray dogs. “I have given them instructions to start special drive and save people, particularly the children from dog bites,” he said.

On pointing out by a resident of Baldia, the chief minister directed health department to complete under-construction 100-bed hospital at the earliest. However, the secretary health told the chief minister that the RHC Baldia have almost all the facilities, including Gynecologist. He vowed to personally monitor the completion of Baldia Hospital.

Talking about IG Police, the chief minister said that he has sent five names to the federal government to appoint one of them as new IG Police. “The removal of the IGP was the decision of the cabinet and being chief minister he is bound to honor the cabinet decision,” he said and added the ball was in the court of the federal government and delay in posting new IGP was beyond his understanding.

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