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Sindh govt urges center to sign MOU to run JPMC, NICVD and NICH

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The Sindh government has decided to approach the federal government to keep the administrative control of three major hospitals, NICVD, JPMC and NICH under provincial setup so that free of cost health services to the people of the province could be continued unhindered.

This decision was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House on Monday.

The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Advocate General Salman Talibuddin, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Health Kazim Jatoi, Secretary Law Dr Mansoor Rizvi, Executive Director JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, Director NICH Prof. Syed Jamal, Prof Ameen Khawaja of NICVD.

The chief minister was told that the federal government has decided to run these three hospitals under the Board of Governors. At this the chief minister said that it would be contrary to the judgement of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Mr Shah said that his government has worked day and night to make these three hospitals one of the best facilities in the country.

“We have not only enhanced their budget budgetary provisions but launched new initiatives such as cyberlife in JPMC, established satellite centers of NICVD and upgraded NICH,” he said and added at this stage shifting of administrative control of these hospitals from the provincial government to the federal government would affect their delivery services badly.

The chief minister directed the health department to write a letter to the federal government and apprise them of the situation.

“I’ll also write a letter to the prime minister with the request to sign an MOU with the provincial government to run these three hospitals,” he said.

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