Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to out-source all the x-ray and other laboratory units of the public sector hospital so that they could be made operational round the clock for the benefit of the people of the province.
The radiology and lab services of government hospitals are established and operated at huge cost but they always remain underutilized and are not maintained properly.
He took this decision while presiding over a meeting of health department here at the CM House on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr. Azra Pechuho, Secretary Health Saeed Awan, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary PHE Niaz Abbasi, Secretary Works Imran Atta Soomro, CEO PPHI Wahab Soomro, VC Dow University Saeed Qureshi, Executive director NICVD Dr. Nadeem Qamar and other concerned officers.
The chief minister said that in all the DHQs, taluka hospitals and even in Basic Health Units the laboratories and radiology services have been established but sorry to say despite spending lot of funds these labs and radiology services are not functional round the clock as are being done in private sector. He added the maintenance of lab equipment and radiology machines was another issue.
He directed health department to prepare a plan to out-source the labs and radiology services with an agreement to operate them round the clock. “We are ready to give them [private partner] funds and staff but they must utilize labs and radiology machines to their maximum capacity and maintained them properly,” he said.
Procurement Medicines: The chief minister directed health department to ensure procurement of the medicines by the mid of October. “You are getting late therefore hospitals were facing problems,” he said. The secretary health said that the tendering process has been completed and the tenders would be opened within a week. Minister health said that the shortage of medicines has been met through local purchase. He said that no hospital was without medicine.
It may be noted that 85 percent of medicines are procured by Central Procurement Committee and then distributed them among the hospitals as per their requirement.
Anti-rabies: The chief minister said that the death of a 10-year old boy in the lap of his mother at Larkana had caused him profound grief. “This is unacceptable and could not be tolerated.” At this the secretary health told the chief minister that the child was bitten by dog two days before the Eid-ul-Azha and his parents had not taken the child to any hospital. The boy suffered from rabies and had no chance to survive even though he was given anti-rabies vaccine.
The chief minister directed health department to ensure availability of anti-rabies in every hospital and the PPHI must ensure its availability at BHU level. He added that dog bitten cases usually take place in rural areas therefore there should not be any shortage. He also issued directive of making available anti-snake bite serum in every hospital.
Aman Ambulance: The chief minister approved Rs. 412 million for operation of Aman Ambulance. The chief minister has already approved the proposal to operate Aman Ambulance on PPP mode.
The chief minister also approved the proposal of procurement of 50 ambulances for PPHI. He said that PPHI has brought improvements in mother and child health but it has to make its primary health services more effective.