Inspection of govt hospitals planned as medicine shortage goes to peak


Larkana: Sindh health department has planned to inspect the condition of government hospitals in the province and review facilities available there, as the shortage of medicines has gone to peak in state-run healthcare institutions of the province.

Through a letter addressed to all the teaching/major hospitals in the province of Sindh, Dr. Khalid Hussain Shaikh, Special Secretary (Public Health) has directed to them that the Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sindh shall visit the hospitals shortly to check the condition of the hospitals as well as cleanliness and availability of medicines/services being provided to the patients.

He further wrote, therefore, you are directed to improve the condition of the hospital including the availability of medicines at the earliest. If any lapse on your part, the letter added, shall be noticed, disciplinary action under RSO-2000 shall be taken against you on account of your negligence & inefficiency, letter concluded.

In this connection PPI has learnt that Health Department’s former Secretary Iqbal Durrani constituted Central Procurement Committee (CPC) and got approval of the Sindh Chief Minister for procurement of drugs/medicines and other allied items out of annual budget allocation of 2014-15. When the hospitals started complaining about shortage of these items, the Health Department released 15% from each of the both quarters of the annual budget to procure essential items but the delivery of 85% of the purchase is to be delivered in the hospitals of the province despite passage of seven long months.

On the other hand, bills of procurement made out of 15% amount are not being cleared by the District Accounts Officer (DAO), Larkana, except very few of Oxygen gas, POL and others. These bills were also then passed when the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Safiullah Abbasi, Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), wrote to Health Secretary that DAO will be responsible if any mishap occurred in CMCH due to non-supply of Oxygen and other life saving drugs as suppliers have already threatened to stop their deliveries on credit.

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