Health funds released


LARKANA: Sindh Finance Department through a letter informed Health Secretary that second quarter of funds of annual budget estimates for the current financial year 2014-15 has been released and placed at his disposal.

The total amount released for the second quarters is Rs 7,823,010,475 for the period from October to December 2014 to the administrative department under the head of account SC21025-07-Health. The copies of this letter have also been sent to Accountant General Sindh and others.

Ironically this letter was sent to Health Institutions in Sindh after expiry of one month in the second week of November 2014 which shows how efficiently Health Department is working. News of shortage of drugs, medicines, x-ray films, chemicals etc. in entire Sindh province hospitals have been appearing in the print media but nothing has been done yet to supply the required items to these institutions for the benefit of the poor needy patients to end the complaints. Even stationary items like white computer papers are not available to dispose off routine office work.

According to reliable sources, entire process of tendering, receipt of offers and finalization of items by the technical committee required was completed at the respective hospitals in Sindh but the supply orders were placed by the Central Procurement Committee at Karachi which has complicated the problems and has created vast gaps between demand of the end users & supply by the Health Department.

These sources further claimed that the delivery of the procured medicines etc would start probably at the Hospitals by the end of December 2014 or in early January 2015 which will further aggravate the situation as many hospitals have exhausted their previous stocks.

X-Rays are only carried out at Casualty and digital x-ray at OPD in Larkana and all others Radiological departments remain closed due to non-availability of x-ray films since over two months, sources added. Casualty is supplied 40 films daily only and how these films are procured is another big problem for the CMCH administrators. The authorities must take immediate notice of the complaints of suffering humanity and resolve the issues forthwith. It should also be thoroughly probed as to why the entire procurement process was centralized which has delayed the supply and whether malafide intention was involved.

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