US CG briefs on US assistance in Sindh

Karachi: On the invitation of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, U.S. Consul General Michael Dodman and USAID Deputy Mission Director Leon S. Waskin on Tuesday briefed members of the Sindh Assembly about U.S. assistance efforts in Sindh Province.

“The United States is committed to supporting economic and social development in Sindh,” Dodman told the Assembly members.

“With extensive programs in energy, education, health, and municipal services the American people are investing over $500 million to address current needs and build a brighter future for people throughout Sindh.”

Consul General Dodman, head of the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, briefed Assembly members and answered their questions about specific U.S. assistance programs in Sindh and other issues.

Dodman highlighted a number of programs, including energy projects. He said $38 million were provided to repair and rehabilitate the Guddu Thermal Power Station and the Jamshoro Thermal Power Station, resulting in 270 megawatts of enhanced power generation, with an additional 75 megawatts by December 2014.

Regarding the Sindh Basic Education Program, he said in partnership with government of Sindh, $155 million program which includes construction of 120 schools, a reading program to improve the reading ability of 750,000 children, and a community mobilization program to engage up to 400 communities in the construction, operation, and maintenance of schools for their children.

He said Sindhi Municipal Services Project is $66 million program to improve public infrastructure and municipal services in Northern Sindh. The program’s centrepiece is the Jacobabad Municipal Project, a $36 million project to make major improvements to the aging and dysfunctional water supply, sanitation, and solid waste infrastructure in Jacobabad.

He said Maternal and Child Health Program is $387 million nation-wide program to increase the ability of Pakistan’s public, private, and civil society sectors to deliver healthcare services, particularly for women and children, and to build public demand for these services.

The CG said in Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre, a $3.5 million women’s care ward is completed to provide improved care to 140,000 women per year. In addition, a new $6.0 million modern 120-bed maternity ward will be completed in 2015.

He said Jacobabad Hospital is a $18 million, 133-bed hospital complex that will include a maternal and child health wing, operating theatres, emergency room, cardiac care/intensive care unit, and a fully equipped outpatient clinic to provide modern medical services to 1.5 million people in upper Sindh and Balochistan.

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