CMCH Larkana’s uplift works in jeopardy

LARKANA: The development works of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, is affected due to non- availability of qualified civil and electrical engineers as these posts are lying vacant since their sanction two years ago.

Previously Executive Engineer (XEN), Provincial Buildings Division, Larkana, was providing technical support and supervising the construction of the buildings but now it has been refused because the Chief Engineer has not yet asked his XEN in Larkana to extend his technical support to CMCH projects whereas in other teaching hospitals, these XENs are extending their support in Nawabshah, Sukkur and LUMS.

Sindh government recently released M&R budget five months late, but tenders have not yet been floated due to single reason of non-availability of civil engineer who will make proper tender documents. Dr Munir Jokhio, CMCH Medical Superintendent (MS) in this connection wrote a letter to Health Secretary for filling the vacant posts on merit but in vain so far as if it is not his job to ensure proper utilization of tax payer’s money.

The then Sindh Chief Secretary issued minutes of meeting on 31.7.2008 wherein it was decided that all development funds will be placed at the disposal of the concerned MSes of all the Teaching Hospitals of the province to ensure speedy work and timely completion.

It was further mentioned in these minutes that concerned XEN of the district will provide technical support & supervise the works but it was discontinued by the XEN Provincial Buildings Division, Larkana, during the last financial year 2014-15 due to which the projects which were to be completed after June 2015 are still incomplete, MS informed the health secretary. The hospital has become handicap to manage development projects properly without provision of technical support and supervision, further wrote the MS in his letter.

If the Sindh government is sincere to completion of these lingering projects and M&R works, then it should immediately direct Commissioner Larkana Division to provide services of an expert XEN of Works & Services Department or Provincial Buildings Division immediately to the CMCH to complete all required technical formalities for proper utilization of funds otherwise it is feared that these schemes will never be completed.