Karachi: According to a recent news report, the Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the health department to make sure that the 141 projects that are worth Rs. 13.5 billion to be completed as soon as possible so that healthcare facilities can start functioning in every part of the province.

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“The Covid-19 situation has created financial constraints, even though the government has given priority to the health sector so that the ongoing projects can be completed in the larger interest of the people of the province,” said CM Shah.

According to him, the budget allocation for the 141 projects in 2020-21 was Rs. 13.5 billion, of which Rs. 4.57 billion had been released and Rs. 1.65 billion had been spent. No funds were released for the remaining 51 projects because the CM prioritized finishing the current projects.

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The officials informed Shah that 72 of the current projects are likely to be completed by the end of the current financial year.

Other projects to be completed in the next financial year include:

  • Strengthening the Qatar Hospital
  • Setting up a 25-bed trauma centre at the Lyari General Hospital
  • A gastroenterology & neuropsychiatry unit at the National Institute of Child Health
  • A paediatric cardiac unit at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • A cardiothoracic surgery department at Hyderabad’s Liaquat University Hospital
  • Setting up a 50-bed medical & surgical ICU
  • Expanding Casualty & OPD at Larkana’s Chandka Medical College.

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