Documentary on Obstetrics-Gynaecology Dept launched

KARACHI: US Consul General Michael Dodman attended the launch of a short documentary highlighting the impact of a new $3.44 million USAID-funded Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department and Fistula Ward at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi on Tuesday.

The new facility, which US Ambassador Richard Olson opened in December 2012, includes an outpatient and ultrasound department, pharmacy, surgical wards, a dedicated fistula ward, and a teaching institute, complete with a skills lab and library.

The institute allows around a 1,000 medical students, 250 interns, and 60 postgraduate doctors to rotate annually through the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department and learn state-of-the-art skills and best practices.

Addressing the audience at the premiere, held to coincide with World Health Day and World Health Workers Week, Dodman said, “The future and welfare of any society is largely dependent on the health and well-being of its children, and the new facilities at JPMC, along with the dedicated health professionals who work here, are helping thousands of women and children have brighter, healthier futures.

USAID’s partnership with JPMC is just one of many ways that the U.S. government is working to improve healthcare, education, and economic growth in Pakistan.”

Joining Dodman at the premiere were Special Secretary Health, Government of Sindh, Mansur Rizvi, Dr Shereen Bhutta, Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at JPMC, and Dr. Tasnim Ahsan, Executive Director, JPMC, who highlighted the new USAID-funded $6 million maternity ward at JPMC which will be completed in 2015.

In addition to work at JPMC, USAID continues to cooperate comprehensively with Pakistan in the health sector with its $387 million Maternal and Child Health Program, focused on improving the quality and availability of family planning, reproductive health, and maternal, neonatal, and child health services. Meanwhile, USAID’s $155 million Sindh Basic Education Program is working to build 120 schools in the province.

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