Sindh to improve public hospitals through governing boards
Karachi: The Sindh government would set up governing boards at public hospitals to upgrade them to the level of some well-known private hospitals.
Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar disclosed while addressing a press conference on Monday
“These governing boards would comprise prominent personalities of the district and they would be directly answerable to minister and secretary health”, he said.
The minister asserted that privatisation of hospitals in the province was also under consideration of the government but added the government would also safeguard interests of the employees of the health department.
Dahar declared that district health officers (DHOs) have been given all the authority and powers to improve the condition of public sector hospitals, adding that the DHOs have been directed to improve the working conditions and health facilities within next 10 days.
The minister maintained that the media was exaggerating the deaths in Thar and claimed that as many as 316 children died in the famine-hit areas since January 2014.
“If media goes there and investigates freely, it would be able to get the real situation”, he and asserted that all modern health facilities were being provided at the hospitals in Thar.
Dahar claimed that required number of medical and paramedical staff was performing responsibilities in Thar while the government has provided 23 fully equipped vehicles in primary healthcare sector while 23 more fully-equipped vehicles had been provided to the major public hospitals.
“Doctors working in Thar are being given all facilities, including handsome remuneration, so that they could work without any problem,” the minister emphasised.
Dahar also spoke about the promotions of the doctors and said 32 doctors were immediately being promoted to BPS-20 from BPS-19 while 208 doctors would also be promoted to BPS-19 from BPS-18 in the coming days.
The health minister also expressed grief over the injuring of an Assistant Professor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Dr. Muhammad Zuabir in an armed attack and while praying for his well-being, he said attackers behind the cowardly attack would not be spared.
He assured the health fraternity in Karachi and rest of Sindh that steps were being taken to ensure the protection and security of doctors and added that culprits behind the attacks and killings of the doctors would be taken to task.