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Sindh Chief Minister suspends Deputy Medical Superintendent, Orthopaedic for absence from duty

Karachi, March 13, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that three departments, health, education and local bodies are most important. If they improve their performance most of the public grievances would be redressed automatically. This he said today while talking to doctors and para-medical staff during his last- leg surprise visit of Civil Hospital Khairpur and Kausar Mother and Child Hospital Khairpur this evening.

The chief minister who paid surprise visit to Civil Hospital Khairpur and found that some of the doctors were absent from their duties. There was no appropriate arrangement of cleanliness of the wards and corridors. He visited Ortho ward and inquired about the health of the patients. He also asked the patients if the in-charge of the ward, Dr Nazar Shah had visited them, their {patients} reply was in negative. On this the chief minister expressed his displeasure and ordered suspension of Dr Nazar Shah’s services with immediate effect.

“How much it is painful to see that the people of prophetic professions {doctors} have turned to be irrelevant and irresponsible,” he said and added that he was working hard to develop health facilities all over Sindh but some unprofessional doctors were shedding water on his efforts for the larger interest of ailing-people.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah went into different wards of the hospital and asked the patients and their attendants (relatives present there) whether they were being provided with medicines free of cost or not. Their reply was in affirmative but they complained about cleanliness of the wards and hospital.

On this the chief minister asked the medical superintendent that where was Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Aziz Soomro. The medical superintendent said that he was not on duty. The chief minister also ordered to place his services under suspension. The chief minister also visited the under construction eight blocks of the hospital. The Project Director District Headquarter Hospital (DHQs) and Taluka Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) Dr Suresh briefed the chief minister about the hospital.

Dr Suresh said that the Khairpur Civil Hospital which the chief minister has turned into a Teaching Hospital of Khairpur Medical College spreads over 19 acres. It is a Rs1.6 billion project and work on its five blocks have been completed. He further said that the remaining three blocks include kitchen, cafeteria, morgue house, Musafer Khana, laundry, boundary wall and landscaping where work was in progress.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the hospital project has some design faults. Its corridors are to wide while its wards are congested. He directed the architect of the project to make necessary amendments in the design and make the wards wide enough. “No doubt, it is an airy hospital with proper wind crossing arrangement which keeps the hospital cool but congestion in the wards causes suffocation. It is not good for patients, he observed.

He directed the architecture of the project to improve the design within the approved cost and wide the wards properly. “The changes in its design must be done in consultation with commissioner Sukkur, DC Khairpur and Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

He directed the PD to complete the project before June 2016 and asked him how many other DHQs he would hand over to the health department. On this the PD Dr Suresh said that DHQs Badin, Shikarpur, Khairpur, Naushehroferoze, Sanghar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar and Kotri would be completed by June 2016 at a cost of around Rs2 billion. The chief minister also visited under construction TB hospital with the teaching hospital area and urged the architect to keep the `Isolation Wards’ airy and pleasant.

The Chief Minister said that on his next visit he would pay surprise visit of different schools of the city of Khairpur, Sukkur and the schools located on their outskirts areas. “I have taken it as a mission to improve health facilities and education,” he said and urged the media to help him by pointing out negligence and issues in the system.

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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