Sindh government required to clear NICVD dues worth Rs10 billion

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KARACHI, March 15 (APP): Sindh government is to clear dues worth Rs10 billion of National Institute of Cardiovascular diseases (NICVD) outstanding in terms of procurement bills of medical goods suppliers, said Governor of Sindh, Imran Ismail here on Friday.

In a media talk during his visit to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC), he said the issue to hand over JPMC, NICVD and National Institute of Child Health (NICH) need not to be politicized as this would be in compliance to the verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

However, matter of fact remains that provincial government has not been able to meet the running expenses of these three major tertiary care facilities, he said reminding that these had been previously managed by the federal government for several years.

He also strongly dispelled the impression that related problems faced by Sindh government could be owing to funds or any due share of the province being stopped by the federal governor.

The representative of the federal government to the province also made it very clear that his visit to JPMC was on the invitation of the hospital’s executive director, Dr. Seemi Jamali.

“I am here to visit certain departments and possible sites where lodging facilities could be provided to the attendants accompanying patients from far flung areas,” he said.

Sindh Governor mentioned that in compliance to SCP’s orders the three tertiary care hospitals, located in close vicinity, have to be handed to the federal governor by April 15 this year.

The later was reiterated hold all capacities and experience to run these on international standards.

“As soon as the three hospitals come under the control of the federal government their forensic audit would be conducted in particular context of finances – both internal and external,” he said.

Imran Ismail said that the federal government, if asked, will extend all needed assistance to the satellite centers established by NICVD in different cities and towns of Sindh.

“I must make it clear that PTI government is very serious about this and would ensure that needed support and assistance is continued in terms of faculty, medical and other related expertise to the institutions affiliated with any of the three,” he said.

Sindh Governor particularly referred to needs of Sindh Jinnah Medical University and satellites clinics/centers run by NICVD.

A board of governors with representation of all stake holders was announced to be also constituted to run affairs of these facilities without any compromise to the quality of services to the patients mainly belonging to marginalized sections.

The Governor of Sindh assured that jobs of those associated with JPMC, NICVD and NICH would not be affected, however, any unauthorized concession must also not be expected.

Sindh Governor, accompanied by MPA Haleem Adil Shaikh, in reply to a question said that shelter provision for resourceless caretakers of admitted patient, belonging to far off areas, has to be state responsibility and the federal government is absolutely committed to it.

There was said to be an adequate mechanism to ensure that administration of the concerned hospitals are actively engaged so that only genuine cases are assisted with nil room for exploitation.

He in this context also strongly defended PM’s shelter initiative for people with no home and forced to brave extreme weather conditions on roads and other open spaces.

Source: VNS Karachi