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United States Agency for International Development to construct hospital at Jacobabad and libraries in various towns of Sindh

Karachi, October 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today had a meeting with Consul General of USA Mr. Michael Dodman and Regional Director USAID Mr. Edward Brigells at Chief Minister House. The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to C.M Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon, Secretary Health Sindh Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khatri, Special Secretary (P and D) Dr. Noorul Haq and others.

Chief Minister Sindh stressed that there is need of assistance in health and education sectors and particularly in Jacobabad and other areas of upper Sindh, there is more need of healthcare for neglected people. Besides, there is also need of libraries in many towns of the province, he said.

The Consul General of USA informed that USAID intends to establish a modern hospital with all essential facilities at Jacobabad. The said hospital will be having all facilities, including OPD blocks, admissions indoor blocks which will be later enhanced to the level of teaching hospital.

Consul General USA also informed that the project will be completed within one year, while libraries will be constructed in various towns of Sindh province and in first phase, three (3) libraries are being established at Hyderabad, Khairpur and Larkana. Mr. Michael Dodman further informed that in collaboration of Sindh Culture department, English language learning centres have been established in major cities of Sindh and 1500 students have alone been trained in Karachi and 700 students have imparted English learning at Hyderabad.

Chief Minister Sindh emphasized the need that formalities are to be completed and matter will be presented in Sindh Provincial Assembly under the law. He also stressed that USAID may initiate Teachers Training Programme under latest and modern training methods so as to improve standard of education and quality literacy procedures.

Chief Minister Sindh added that MoU will be signed by USAID and Sindh Government while Secretary Health and Special Secretary (P and D) will prepare P.C-I and other formalities for signing MoU. It was informed that initially Rs. One billion will be spent on Hospital of Jacobabad. He welcomed and appreciated the efforts of USAID, and hoped that more projects aimed at health, education sectors will be enhanced for the people of Sindh province.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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