Six crucial hospital schemes in limbo

Larkana: Six very important development schemes of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, have been hanging in the balance since long for want of funds.

The Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Prof Asghar Channa, has expressed his concern over the delay and has directed that the projects be completed on time.

These schemes include Surgical ICU, Skin Complex, Neuro-Science Complex, Cardiology Complex and air-conditioning of Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women.

Sindh Government had approved these schemes for the benefit of poor patients to provide basic health facilities near their homes but due to lack of funds they have neither yet been completed nor functionalized multiplying woes of the ailing populace.

In this connection a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor, Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Prof. Ghulam Asghar Channa, in which Larkana Deputy Commissioner Javed Jagirani, Project Director and other professors also participated.

The meeting was informed that due to late release of funds these projects are still incomplete. Cardiology Complex which is to be completed in June 2016 if revenue funds are released timely whereas revised PC-I is pending approval of Surgical ICU.

Skin Complex & Dental Department were to be completed in June 2015 and will be made functional in October 2015 whereas Neuro-Science Complex will be completed in June 2016 of which building component is final and revenue cost is required and if timely funds are released now then it will be functionalized before June 2016.

All the required machineries, equipment and instruments of Dental & Skin projects have already been procured which are lying idle. The air-conditioning of Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women was also to be completed in June 2015 but it has also been delayed as its Duct type split type AC is yet to arrive. This hospital was donated to the people of Larkana by Abu Dhabi rulers during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime.

DC Jagirani asked the participants to submit him in writing about the incomplete projects so that Sindh Government could be approached for allocation & release of proper funds for completion of these approved schemes. The VC asked the concerned officers to complete the project so that patients could be provided better treatment facilities.

PPI learnt on Wednesday that funds were released in end of May 2015 with direction to complete the projects immediately as the cut-off date was 15th June. The contractor has already opened Letter of Credit and ACs are expected by the end of September 2015. Some of the required ACs have already been installed in Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women. Sindh Government has so far done nothing for maintenance of these ACs