Minister announces Rs 5b medical programme for Sindh

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Sindh Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that the Sindh health department has provided essential medicines to more than 250,000 patients during recent flood in affected areas of Sindh and no extra budget was allocated for the purpose. The health department did all this through its own resources.

He said this while talking to a delegation of Sindh medical support programme with the support of poverty eradication initiative here in his office. Program Executive Director Shahid Yousuf and PPP Senator Taj Haider were also present in the meeting.

He appreciated that through the program 4500 LHVs/CMVs would be provided training while 300 standardized birthing stations, especially in rural areas of Sindh, would be developed. Executive Director Shahid Yousuf told that the three year project costs Rs 5 billion and with this money multiple task including capacity building of doctors, nurses, health technicians, child health initiative involving 6,00,000 students/families through health hygiene program in govt schools and quality gifts to poor students of govt schools would be performed.

The minister hoped that the program would enable the two million rural populations to get cost-effective standardized health services for life time and that it would also reduce budgetary burden on government by providing supplies to all hospitals. In another meeting, Dr Masood Solangi, incharge dengue control program, told the minister that so far 1,00,000 pamphlets had been distributed during on-going awareness campaign against dengue in various parts of Karachi. He was also informed that due to dengue 10 years old Hamas, 30 years old Hina and 26 years old Yawar had died in Karachi. Jam Mehtab Dahar said that effective awareness campaign and preventive measures could save people from this fatal disease.

Meanwhile, Mehtab Hussain Dahar said that the health department had provided essential medicines to more than 250,000 patients during recent flood in affected areas of Sindh and no extra budget was allocated for the purpose.