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Process for recruitment of doctors and paramedics staff has been completed for different government-owned health facilities in district Tharparkar.

Sindh Secretary for Health Iqbal Hussain Durrani on Friday also announced that recruitment of 128 doctors (45 men and 83 lady doctors) for six districts would also be finalised by the end of current month.

Nine pediatricians, four chest specialists, 14 women medical officers, 22 medical officers (male), 43 female paramedics coupled with one post each post of surgeon, gynecologist, anesthetist has been completed for different government-owned health facilities in Tharparkar.

Durrani said the government was taking measures on war footing with due transparency to ensure that posts of healthcare professionals in fixed and permanent health facilities, particularly in far-flung arid zone of the province, were not left vacant.

“We are also devising a strategy to ensure that doctors, nurses and paramedics assigned responsibility in these facilities must necessarily deliver and may not hoodwink under any pretext,” said the provincial secretary for health.

Durrani said in view of existent urgency, the provincial government had decided to recruit medical officers (both men and lady), pediatricians women paramedical staff on contract basis for its different districts pertaining to arid zone.

“This process of recruitment is underway and will be completed by the end of this month,” he said. Earlier briefing Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah about the measures adopted to update healthcare facilities, the health secretary mentioned that interview process for the appointment of five pediatricians one each for Civil Hospital – Mithi, Taluka Hospital – Nangarparkar, Deeplo, Chhachhro respectively and one for rural health centre – Islamkot has been completed.

Similarly, he said interviews of qualified professionals against posts of surgeon, gynecologist, anesthetists, one each for Civil Hospital- Mithi, Taluka Headquarters Hospitals at Nangarparkar, Deeplo, Chhachhro had also been completed while recruitment of four chest specialists in the above-mentioned facilities along with induction of 14 women medical officers (WMO) was also being finalised.

Giving a breakup of the WMOs, he said four would be for Civil Hospital – Mithi, two each for THQs Nangarparkar, Deeplo, Rural Health Centres (RHCs)-Islamkot and three for THQ Chhachhro and one each for (RHC) Kheensar.

As for induction of 22 medical officers, the health secretary said seven were for Civil Hospital Mithi, four for THQ Nangarparkar, three each for THQ Deeplo, Chhachhro, RHC Islamkot and two for RHC Kheensar. These appointments are being followed by recruitment of 43 women paramedics including 13 for Civil Hospital-Mithi, eight for THQ Nangarparkar, nine for THQ Deeplo, four for THQ Chhachhro, and nine for RHC Islamkot.

In reply to a query, Durrani said pre-entry test (written test) for 10 men and 19 lady doctors for the health facilities in district Umerkot, six men and seven lady doctors for district Sanghar, 13 men and 13 lady doctors for District Ghotki, eight lady doctors for district Khairpur, six men and 10 lady doctors for district Badin and 10 men, 26 lady doctors for health facilities in district Thatta would be conducted on March 22 at LUMHS Hospital Jamshoro.