Sindh committed to provide better health care facilities: minister


KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Health, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Tuesday said that Sindh government was committed to provide better health care facilities to the people of Sindh in collaboration with International donor agencies.

This he said while presiding over the 2nd Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH) Steering Committee here at the Sindh Secretariat. He said three major health interventions i.e. national Program for Family Planning and Primary Health Care (LHWs 22,578), Expanded Program on Immunization (Vaccinators 1400) and Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Program (Workers 1897) were delivering outreach services at community level that was a milestone in health sector.

He said that Geographical Information System (GIS) was online only in Sindh and there was a need to improve monitoring system. He assured that multipurpose vehicles would be provided to health service providers so that they might perform their duties more effectively.

He said due to certain issues like poor monitoring and feedback, shortage of female service providers like LHWs, CMWs and vaccinators, the results were not upto mark and there was a dire need to improve governance and operational matters.

He said that the immunization occupied significant position in the comity of nations and recurring outbreaks of measles showed that we should ensure placement of people cold chain system, equitable distribution of vaccinators and uninterrupted supply of vaccine.

Jam Mehtab told that the health department had taken initiative of recurring and placing medics in all facilities of Rural Health Centres on contract basis and on emergency basis. The vacant positions of Women Medical Officers, Gynaecologists and other specialists in Jacobabad, Kashmore, Khairpur, Matiari, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Tando Allah Yar, Tharparkar and Umerkot districts were being filled.

On this occasion, the minister appreciated the co-operation extended by UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and WFP in providing health care services in Sindh. Secretary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, DG Health Murad Shah, Prof Dr Sadiqa Jaffery, Ms Monica USAID’s MCH program US Consulate General Karachi and other officers were also present on this occasion.