Sindh Assembly Session

BHUs will be set up at UC level: health minister


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


SINDH Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed said that the experiment of forming a Board of Governors for the Civil Hospital Karachi and the Civil Hospital Hyderabad succeeded in carrying out the functions of the two major hospitals.

He said this during the question answering session at the Sindh Assembly on Monday. The session was convened by Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza in the absence of Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.

Dr Saghir also mentioned that a total of 19 Health Department health centers are still in the possession of law enforcement agencies throughout Sindh. He accepted the fact that there is a shortage of medicines in various interior Sindh hospitals due to the lengthy procurement procedure and also pointed out that there is a shortage of doctors and paramedics in various healthcare facilities of the province.

Answering a question, Dr Saghir said that there are no vaccines for Hepatitis-C, however, all government hospitals are taking preventive measures to overcome the disease, informing the house that there are a total of 31 Hepatitis-B patients and 32 Hepatitis-C patients in the Dadu District.

Replying to a question put forward by Ghulam Shah Jilani, the minister stated that the Dadu district government intends to establish government dispensaries in Taluka Johi, under the ADP Scheme 2008/2009, in the villages of Tando Rahim Khan, Sukhio Channa, Tharri Jado Shaheed, Mureed Babar, Hairo Khan, Mevo Khan Babar and Imam Bux Jatoi.

Dr Saghir mentioned that the health department health centers in Karachi, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto (Nawabshah), Khairpur, Kashmore, Kandhkot and Larkana have been occupied by the Rangers and the police. “The Health Department requested the Sindh Chief Secretary to hold a meeting with all the stakeholders to resolve the issue amicably,” he said.

He maintained that healthcare facility buildings have been constructed in various parts of the province, however, because of the schedule for new expenditures not being approved yet, these centers have not started functioning properly. “We are striving hard to set up at least one basic health unit (BHU) that provides all facilities in each UC of the province,” he said.

The health minister also refuted the claims that sub-standard blood banks are running in Sindh, however, he stated that there is a possibility of a few pathological laboratories running illegal blood banks. The Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA) nominated district heads for each district to visit blood banks everyday, it also nominated a team that will vigilantly monitor and capture those who are illegally operating blood banks, the health minister revealed.

Stating that there are a total of 47 registered blood banks operating in Sindh, he said that there are around 38 unregistered blood banks but they are going through the registration process.

National Peoples Party’s Arif Mustafa Jatoi pointed out that from January 1 to June 30, the Sindh Health Department has spent approximately Rs 1 billion to purchase medicines for the poor, of this, 60 percent was spent in only two hospitals of Karachi and Hyderabad.

The health minister mentioned that there was no category that divided the people into the poor or needy and stated that the amount was spent on all patients visiting the government hospitals to cover their expenses on medicine and other facility charges.

Sindh Culture and Tourism Minister Sassui Paleejo said that many complaints were related to the health department and that she has heard complaints that there is a lack of life saving drugs in Dadu, Larkana and other districts of the province. Paleejo suggested that the health department should not only provide these costly medicines to all hospitals in the province but should also stock them in case of emergency.

PPP’s Shamim Ara Panhwar pointed out that there is a shortage of blood banks in Mirpurkhas and demanded that more blood bank facilities should be constructed in the area so that they can also cater to the needs of the people belonging to the surrounding districts.
Dr Saghir assured that the plan of setting up another blood bank in the district has been finalized, adding that he is also considering encouraging the private sector to take up such activities. The health minister revealed that there are a total of 103 maternity homes in the province that have the modern facilities of tackling problems relating to normal deliveries, family planning, immunization, nutritional advice, oxygen supply, suction, major and minor surgeries, c-sections and emergency obstetrical care.

Dr Saghir revealed that in Karachi, there are a total 49 maternity homes operating, while there are three in Thatta, five in Umerkot, 14 in Mirpurkhas, four in Hyderabad, two in BB Shaheed (Nawabshah), seven in Khairpur, three in Sukkur, two in Ghotki, two in Kashmore, one in Jacobabad, three in Shikarpur, three in Larkana, two in Kamber, two in Dadu and one in Jamshoro.

-Published in Daily Times | Dec 02, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on December 2, 2008.

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