Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) has made substantial progress and showed remarkable performance indicators, despite a magnitude of challenges in improving the healthcare delivery system in Sindh.
The authorities confirmed that in a few years to come SHCC will establish firm roots in the healthcare delivery system of the Province.
In the year 2022, Sindh Healthcare Commission focused on the inspection of Public & Private tertiary care hospitals, clinics, matabs, and maternity homes as this sector caters to healthcare needs of more than 50% of the population.
Inspection teams of the commission conducted consecutive inspections to assess the healthcare facilities against Sindh Service Delivery Standards and awarded Provisional Licenses to 60 healthcare establishments upon compliance with the required standards.
For the first time since past many years, SHCC has started inspections for issuing Regular License during year 2022 and awarded the license to 10 major private/public HCEs, including Dow Dental Hospital, Tabba Heart Centre, National Medical Centre, Agha Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Ziauddin Hospitals Clifton and North Nazimabad etc. Public sector hospitals including Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad and Jamshoro, Sindh Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Center, Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Hospital Sukkur are a few of the names of public sector hospitals which are under process of assessment for issuance of Regular License.
As far as anti-quackery drive is concerned, SHCC initiated various campaigns in various districts of Sindh. In these drives, SHCC has inspected 1025 hospitals/clinics and sealed 789 quackery outlets. The teams conducted 2163 follow-up visits, resealed 2060 clinics and issued warnings to 1573 number of outlets for non-compliance, however, 976 outlets were found in compliance. SHCC since January 2022 imposed Rs.8.345 million as fine and recovered Rs. 5.910 million.
Regarding training of healthcare providers, SHCC has trained 479 GP clinics/hospitals, 162 Tibb-Unani matabs and 285 homeopathic clinics on Minimum Service Delivery Standards during 2022. While Standards for Pathological Laboratories, Dental health services, Maternity & Family Planning and Digital health services are being developed and are in final stage of formulation and approval.
This year SHCC started collaborations with key stakeholders such as WHO, AKUH, and World bank to make alliances to implement projects which are of crucial importance to public healthcare promotion such as childhood immunizations, family planning and disposal of hospital waste etc.
“This integration between public and private entities is necessary to safeguard and improve healthcare system in Sindh and results in long term reforms as Public sector has long standing structural access while private sector has not remained area of focus by these agencies and organizations”, stated Dr. Ahson Qavi Siddiqi , CEO SHCC.,
In the year 2022 SHCC focused on strengthening its human resource to accelerate the momentum of work. In the Karachi head office new team members has been hired for field & operational activities, while the hiring process and team development in District headquarters is under process.
This year SHCC has established new District Headquarter offices at Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas, in addition to already available DHQs at Larkana, Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad.