Sindh HealthCare Commission formed to improve medical services

LARKANA: Sindh HealthCare Commission has been formed in Sindh to monitor the working of private, public sector hospitals and private medical centres in the province for which very soon notification will be issued. This was revealed by Dr Saeed Mangnejo, Secretary, Health Department, while talking to media here on Tuesday.

He said the commission will be independent in taking action against the defaults found in wards, operation theatres, working of specialist doctors and other staff, and those found failed in delivering their proper services, serious actions will be taken and concerned institution will be closed. He said that commission will be headed by the Health Minister & Secretary and shall consist of nine commissioners who will be members of its Board including retired officers and judges.

He said soon notification will be issued and then it will be enforced at divisional level. He claimed that there was no corruption in all health institutions and hospitals for which Anti-Corruption Department should not conduct raids frequently but if they had confirmed information about any particular thing, then targeted action should be taken.

Mangnejo said that they had themselves asked for taking action against corrupt officers. He said that action had been taken against two Medical Superintendents (MS) of Hyderabad and DHO Mirpurkhas had also illegally recruited 350 employees who too had also been taken to task. He said that 450 doctors were either ghost or had gone on visa in Sindh; hence, action against 45 doctors had so far been taken and they had been removed from service.

Health Secretary further revealed that very soon a list of ghost and visa employees of Health Department will be published in the newspapers so that they may be exposed in the public, adding that till serious action is not taken, there will be no betterment or improvement in the healthcare services delivery system.

He said corrupt doctors and other employees will never be spared now. He said that copies of SHC decision had been sent to Sindh Chief Minister & Chief Minister as they are competent to enforce it. The SHC Larkana had ordered to appoint separate MS for each Hospital in Larkana and Teaching Hospitals should be working under medical universities.

He said that Jinnah Hospital had been upgraded and three billion rupees are being annually given to SIUT as grant. He said that new modern trauma centre had been constructed in Karachi where air ambulance and other proper services will be provided and patients from entire province will be treated and managed.

Secretary Mangnejo further said that NICVD had been handed over to Sindh government by the federal government where more reforms had been introduced and Cardiology Department of Chandka Hospital will soon be affiliated to it so that cardiac patients could be benefitted by its professors. He said previously drugs were purchased by every head of the concerned hospital but now procurement had been centralized for which a technical committee had been constituted which include specialists of Dow & JPMC to purchase drugs of highest quality.