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Sindh Chief Minister directs Health Department to physically verify attendance of each and every Lady Health Worker

Karachi, April 20, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the health department to physically verify the attendance of each and every Lady Health Workers (LHW). There are reports that there are ghost employees or some of them are involved in dual jobs. This he said while presiding over a meeting of Health Department, particularly on streamlining LHW here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo, Special Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and others.

Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar said that there are 22000 lady health workers all over Sindh. It was the concept of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to deploy at least two LHW in each union council so that they could provide basic service to women on grass root level. “We have started proper training of LHW to provide basic health service at the initial stage,” he said.

He pointed out that the total cost of LHW programme, including salaries and operational expenditures comes to Rs5 billion annually but the federal government gives only Rs2.5 billion. On this the chief minister directed the secretary health to take up the matter with the federal government and get the remaining amount released.

The chief minister said that he has solid reports that some of LHW are doing double job. They are drawing salaries from LHW programme and from other provincial department such as education department. Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo said that he has started proper verification of the LHW. “I have ousted some 250 LHW who were involved in dual job and most of them were either had retired or died,” he said. On this the chief minister directed the health department to further verify and try to develop their biometric attendance system.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the health minister to personally monitor LHW training programme. “I want deployment of at least two LHW in each union council of Thar. Once their training is completed they would be great help to provide basic health services in far flung areas of Thar,” he said. The health department is working out a comprehensive plan to provide health services and facilities on Union Council level in Tharparkar.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

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