Construction of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit delayed

KARACHI: The construction work on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has been delayed as incumbent administration of institution has failed to send revise PC-1 of project to Sindh health department.

An official of health department said construction work of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit in NIVCD had been delayed due to lethargy and slackness of the administration of institution.

He informed that Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had laid down the foundation stone of the 200-bed Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit in the NICVD Karachi on 26th September 2014 and the project was to be completed within two years with the estimated cost of Rs 1.8 billion but unfortunately the construction of the project could not be started as yet despite the lapse of one year.

The construction work on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit was delayed after retirement of Executive Director Prof Khan Shah Zaman as current executive director of institution has failed to send revise PC-1 of project to planning and development Sindh on time despite several directives of the health department, said the sources.

They said management has also failed to get vacated residential quarters from employees to use their land for pediatric cardiac surgery unit despite the passage of one year and funds allocated for construction of project would likely be lapsed due to lethargy of administration.

Executive Director, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar, when contacted, said of PC-1 of project has already been submitted to the department concerned and construction work of pediatric surgery unit will start when funds are released by the government.

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